Knots on a Counting Rope

USD $7.99

It has been hard for me to find books about children with disabilities that fit into the Waldorf curriculum. So imagine my joy upon finding this one that is written in such a beautiful way and can be used in multiple ways within the curriculum. It can be introduced as part of the Native American block in fourth grade, or it can be read as part of the social sciences block in second grade. Since the story is a tale of the grandfather’s birth it could even become part of a birthday tradition story for all ages.  

The message of overcoming whatever obstacles you face is also a poignant one for teens. This book is yet another one that could hold a prominent place in your book corner for =many years.

In Knots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault tell a poignant story about a boys emerging confidence in facing his blindness in this beautiful children’s picture book illustrated by Ted Rand.

By the warmth of a campfire beneath a starry night sky, a Navajo youth named Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses listens to the tale of his birth from his grandfather. Although blind, the boy learns that he has the strength to cope with his condition and meet any challenge that comes his way.

Author: Martin, Jr., Bill, Archambault, John

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The powerful, spare, poetic text is done full justice by Rands fine full-color illustrations & The love, hope, and courage expressed are universal. – Booklist

In this poignant story, the counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy’s emerging confidence in facing his blindness.

“A rich tale of intergenerational love and respect…. It is a moving collaborative effort that reverberates long after the book is closed.” —Publishers Weekly

Additional information

Weight 1.65 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 0.5 in