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A String of Beads by Margarette S. Reid
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A String of Beads

by Margarette S. Reid

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A girl and her grandmother enjoy time together making beads and talk about the history of beads.
  gakers16 | Feb 25, 2018 |
Summary: The starts with a girl and her grandmother making beaded jewelry. The little girl goes on to explain what kind of materials make the beads themselves, and how she and her grandmother use different words to describe the type of bead they have.

Personal Reaction: The story was very cute! The narration seemed to be in a child's voice. I liked the way she described the different things she saw in the beads.

Extension Ideas: Teach student to make something out of beads other than jewelry. Presenting ideas of an Abacus for instance. Teach students to understand that not all beads come from man, but that some are indeed natural, and have a beauty all of their own.
  SusanSherwood | Mar 25, 2014 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Genre Critique: This book is a good example of realistic fiction as it utilizes believable characters. The characters bead together and learn about the history behind beading (which can be done with lots of children to teach them new things as they play and make crafts).
Review/Critique: This book is a good little book that could be fun to use in the classroom while children are using beads to count, craft with, etc. This book could be used in so many different ways and in different subjects within the classroom.
Media: Colored pencils, sketching, gouache ( )
  MkM | Apr 11, 2013 |
Age: Primary
Media: Pastel

The genre of this book is informational. This book is informational because it contains factual information about beads. As readers, we learn what beads are and what they can be used for. There are two characters in the book: Grandma and the narrator, a little girl who has many questions. We learn that Grandma is wise and we can tell that she is trying to teach her granddaughter all about beads. More information is revealed about both throughout the story, so they are deep characters. The setting of this book is at a table in Grandma's home. This is important because there are many pictures of different places, but when we see Grandma and the girl, we are reminded that the story is taking place based on the conversation they are having. ( )
  mulstad07 | Nov 17, 2010 |
Age Appropriateness: Primary and Secondary
Genre: Informational
Media: Acrylic Paints
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This book is a great example of the informational genre because the girl explains all about the beads, their different shapes, their many origins, the varying uses, and the uniqueness of each bead. Native Americans make beads from clamshells called wampum. Ancient Egyptians dressed mummies in beads to protect them in the afterlife. Native Americans also made beads called fetishes that are shaped like animals. Others use beads when they pray or to look beautiful. We can also make them or use them to make presents for others. In the back of the book there is even more information about beads, their usages in different countries and cultures, and where the beads come from (how they are created).
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From the comfort of her table at home, the girl can explore many cultures and ideas while playing or experimenting with beads and spending time with her grandmother.
  JessicaGuiducci | Oct 28, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0525457216, Hardcover)

Would it surprise you to learn that the word "bead" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "bede" (which means "prayer"), or that each shape and type of bead has a name and a history? A String of Beads, a young "beader's" reflection on sorting and stringing beads with her grandmother, offers dozens of such interesting facts. We learn through this cheery story that beads have been around almost as long as people. With its bold illustrations and conversational tone, A String of Beads would make a terrific gift for any young crafter. (Ages 4 to 8)

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A young girl describes how she and her grandmother make jewelry from all kinds of beads. Includes information about the history of beads.

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