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Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault


Ages 4-8

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KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE

"Tell me the story again, Grandfather.
Tell me who I am."

Grandfather and Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses remince about the boy's birth, first horse and horse race and his struggle for life through the challenge of blindness.

"I was afraid Grandfather, until you called to me.

Tell me again, what you said."

"I said, Don't be afraid, boy!
Trust your darkness
Go like the wind."
"You have faced darkness and won!
You now can see with your heart,
Feel part of all that surrounds you,
Your courage lights the way."

"Knots on a Counting Rope" is a beautiful metaphor, another rite of passage about love, hope, fear and courage.

Native American in its writing, a universal lesson for any age.

Lesson Plan

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