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Tangram: The Ancient Chinese Puzzle Hardcover – 30 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (30 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822870382
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822870389
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had this puzzle over 25 years ago and it is still so amazing. I now use it in my teaching classes as it helps to free up student's spatial thinking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best toy I own 3 April 2012
By Pandra Selivanov - Published on
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Well, it's not really a toy, but it's also not really a puzzle, at least not in the Western sense. In the West, people have jigsaw puzzles with hundreds or even thousands of pieces and only one solution. Tangrams have only seven pieces and thousands of possible solutions. They exercise the mind in a way that is truly addictive-I never heard of them before a couple of months ago and now a day does not pass that I do not ponder a silhouette or two and try to solve it.

This is a great set. It comes in a very sturdy box that closes with a magnet. Inside is a section for the tangram pieces, along with a diagram of how to fit them in. The book is small, but the silhouettes are easy to see. The back of the book holds all the solutions, so if you get stuck, you can easily solve the puzzle. This is a great way to introduce children to tangrams, allowing them to look at the solutions and fit the pieces together. It also helps when you're first starting out to be able to flip to the back and check what you're doing.

The book holds more than the silhouettes. There is also basic information on tangrams and how they work. A section towards the back talks about the more arcane mathematical properties of tangrams, and I frankly admit I didn't understand that part at all but someone who loves math will probably be very happy with that section.

All in all, I cannot recommend tangrams highly enough. They train you to observe in a way that is hard to describe. As the book says, when you learn the language of the tangrams, you will start to see the shapes inside the silhouettes. I have found this is true-after much practice, I am sometimes able to just look at a shape and see exactly how the seven pieces fit into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 2 Jan. 2014
By beverly poitras - Published on
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This is great for people who like puzzles! Challenging, portable and easy to use. I can pick it up anytime I want for that "stress break". Very pleased with this purchase.
5.0 out of 5 stars other than that very small complaint this is a great puzzle for the enthusiasts like myself 12 July 2015
By Christeina Gray - Published on
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for the amount of content you receive you cant beat the price, lots of puzzles to solve and if you get stuck you can find solutions to every puzzle in the back. my one and only complaint is that i thought the puzzle pieces would be wood instead of plastic, other than that very small complaint this is a great puzzle for the enthusiasts like myself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangrams: 1600 Puzzles 25 Aug. 2014
By Ralph S. Gardner - Published on
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Product arrived earlier than expected and in shrink-wrap. Book was especially interesting - first part had history of the puzzles and how to approach solving them. Mid-book had an article from 1942 on math of the puzzles - very complex yet interesting to those who think these are just a 'toy' for children.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful graphic design and a very nice gift to give ... 23 Feb. 2016
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Beautiful graphic design and a very nice gift to give someone. The only thing that I was disappointed by was that the pieces were made out of plastic, not wood. The book that accompanies the set is full of interesting information and many puzzles.
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