Knots on a Counting Rope

Knots on a Counting Rope

What is it like to be blind? This young Native American boy learns. This is a beautiful, poignant story that's so important to read to our children these days amidst all their piles of toys.

32 pages 978-0805054798 Ages 4-8

Keywords: blindness, Native American, confidence, courage, grandfather, hope, love, finding yourself, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, diversity, diverse books, multicultural, multigenerational, disabilities, people with disabilities

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


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.---from the publisher

Other reviews:

“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)

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