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The Story of Chess (Little Pebbles)

by Horacio Cardo

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Original and smart. Like the other reviewer I found the artwork a little disturbing and I think that as a small child I would have found it very scary. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 18, 2014 |
This is a picture story book and a "learn how to play chess book" at the same time. Cardo makes up a fictitious reason why chess was invented and then explained the game to the ones requesting it. The explanations of the pieces, both in war and in the game, make the reader/student really understand and remember the strengths and weaknesses of each piece. Every move of chess is explained, via the story, including en passant and castling. The description of en passant was a little weak and might be confusing to someone who did not previously understand this move, but the illustration helps the slightly confusing explanation. this book would be a great introduction to a child just learning to play chess and to the more experienced chess player I think it will change your view of the chessboard and pieces. A very creative book in content and purpose.

The only thing I really did not like is the illustrations. They were weird and almost bizarre at times. I did not care for them even though artistically they are probably considered brilliant. For little children, some pictures might even seem scary. The book would have been better with more traditional looking characters. It was the pictures that kept me from giving this book a 5th star. ( )
  GoodGeniusLibrary | Sep 1, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0789202506, Hardcover)

Two nations were at war over a great island for years, and both sides lost many people before a truce was signed. The kings of these nations decided to reward the person who could devise the greatest memorial to the fallen so that the war would never be repeated.

After a steady stream of inventors, artists, and storytellers tried and failed, a man appeared with a box and a gameboard. So begins the story.

The man explains how each piece moves, and why. For example, the king is all-powerful, so he can move in any direction. But because a ruler must be cautious, he can move only one square per turn. The animosity of the kings is so great that they can never occupy adjacent squares, and their importance is such that if a side loses its king, it has lost the war. Each piece is given similar treatment, as are such moves as check, checkmate, castling, and en passant. The highly individualistic illustrations help demonstrate the mechanics of the game explained in the text, and a more conventional board-and-piece icon on each page shows the more literal interpretation of the move. Through an illustrated story of the creation of chess, this book provides narrative and visual devices for learning the game and remembering the moves.

The Story of Chess will excite and teach children new to the game and will emphasize each piece's importance for those already familiar with the rules.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:17 -0400)

Through an illustrated story of the creation of chess, this book provides narrative and visual devices for learning the game and remembering the moves. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

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