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Knots on a Counting Rope

Knots on a Counting Rope

Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand

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In Knots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault tell a poignant story about a boy’s 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.

“The powerful, spare, poetic text is done full justice by Rand’s fine full-color illustrations…The love, hope, and courage expressed are universal.”— Booklist (starred review)

School Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Reading Rainbow Featured Book

Praise for Knots on a Counting Rope

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

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Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Ted Rand

BILL MARTIN JR (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer and poet, with doctorate in early childhood education. In addition to the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin's books include Listen to the Rain and Knots on a Counting Rope.

John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who collaborated with Bill Martin Jr. and Ted Rand on several books, including The Ghost-Eye Tree and Here Are My Hands.

Ted Rand (1915-2005) was a prolific artist whose illustrations appeared in magazines, newspapers, and children’s books. In addition to his work with Martin and Archambault, Rand illustrated My Buddy and Salty Dog.

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