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The yo-yo book
Ten Eyck, John (John E.)
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New York : Workman Pub., [1998]

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viii, 168 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
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Includes index.
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Orchard Park Library GV1216 .T46 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The yo-yo joins The Jump Rope Book & The Jump Rope and The Marble Book & The Marbles -- introducing The Yo-Yo Book & The Yo-Yo . Packaged with all the equipment a child needs, one ready-to-roll yo-yo, it is the third in the series that celebrates great American games of childhood. The book is steeped in the "state of yo," a place where technique, culture, challenge, and lore intersect. Beginning with the fundamentals (how to hold it, throw it, wind it, string it) it covers the two most important skills, the Gravity Pull and the Sleeper, and then moves on to dozens of tricks, including Walk the Dog, Orbit Launch, Buzz Saw, and Double or Nothing. The tricks are arranged by difficulty and are taught through a combination of easy-to-follow instructions and detailed black-and-white drawings. The yo-yo itself is made of hardwood and comes with the only truly acceptable yo-yo string - long-fiber cotton. The Classic Game series have over 317,000 copies in print.



FROM Yo-Yo Facts and Trivia --The World's Most Valuable Yo-Yo belonged to country star Roy Acuff. The yo-yo was a present from Acuff to President Richard Nixon. Nixon tried a few yo-yo tricks with it (he didn't fare very well), then autographed the yo-yo and gave it back to Acuff. When Acuff died, the yo-yo was sold at auction. It fetched $16,000. --According to the Duncan Yo-Yo Company, yo-yos are the world's second-oldest known toy. The oldest? The doll. --Since the 1930s, over half a billion yo-yos have been made and sold. --Donald F. Duncan Jr., son of Duncan Yo-Yo founder Donald F. Duncan, is trying to get yo-yoing entered as an Olympic sport. --The first World Yo-Yo contest was held in 1932. --Donald Duncan paid Pedro Flores $25,000 to by Flores's yo-yo company. It was the best $25,000 he ever spent. --Tom Kuhn owns the world's largest wooden yo-yo. It's called the Bird in Hand, and it measures 50 inches by 31 1/2 inches. It weighs 256 pounds. To get it to go, it is dropped from an 80-foot crane. And it works! Excerpted from The Yo-Yo Book & The Yo-Yo. Copyright (c) 1998. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing. Excerpted from The Yo-Yo Book and the Yo-Yo by John E. Ten Eyck All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

History of the Yo-Yo Yo-Yo
Basics Yo-Yo Lingo Strings and Things Trick
Time Yo-Yo Collecting and Memorabilia
I Want to Know More about Yo-ing and Yo-Yos
Yo-Yo Miscellany

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