- Written by: Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
- Illustrated by: Ted Rand
- Published by: Square Fish
- Read by: Bonnie Bartlett & William Daniels
- Suggested grade level: 3rd – 4th
- Run time: 11 minutes
Knots on a Counting Rope is about a boy and his grandfather as they sit around the fire the boy begs his grandfather to tell the story about how the boy got his name. The grandfather tells the boy this will be his last time and he goes on to tell the story of how he got his name through the storm and rodeo. The knots on the counting rope are a metaphor for the boy’s courage and his overall challenge of being blind.
The author does a great job of keeping the reader interested through his emotion and the adventure of why the boy was named Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses.
This book would be great to use during a Native American lesson in your classroom to share with how Native Americans told stories to their young. It would also be good for a class speaking on metaphors for the students to pick out at the end of the story.