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Everyday play : fun games to develop the fine motor skills your child needs for school
Christy Isbell ; [illustrations, Chris Wold Dyrud].
Silver Spring, MD : Gryphon House, c2010.
Fine motor skills are a stepping-stone for school readiness, and Everyday Play gives parents the tools they need to make developing those skills easy and fun!
     
Your left-handed child : making things easy for left-handers in a right-handed world
Lauren Milsom.
London : Hamlyn ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 122-123) and index.
     
Your left-handed child : making things easy for left-handers in a right-handed world
Lauren Milsom.
London : Hamlyn ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Sterling, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 122-123) and index.
     
The left stuff : how the left handed have survived and thrived in a right-handed world
Melissa Roth.
New York, NY : M. Evans and Co., c2005.
Weaving cultural history and scientific exploration together, The Left Stuff takes you on an adventure to discover the truth about why humans choose one hand over the other.
     

Did you know that there are greater chances of being left-handed if others in your family are left-handed?

Most left-handers have been subjected at some time to a period of enforced use of the right hand. However, as Victor Hugo wrote in his "Les Miserable," Jean Valjean said, "The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest."

Leftsidedness and rightsidedness are very fundamental conditions. About 11% of people are left-handed. It is more common for males than females to be left-handed.

There is little consensus among scientists about the causes of left-handedness. Some researchers believe that the trait is due to genetics. Other scientists propose that being left-handed is due to environmental factors. Handedness, like many human traits, is probably determined by a complex interaction between genes and the environment.

Throughout history some have consider left-handers to be sinister. The Inuit believed that left-handers were sorcerers.

The Scottish Clan Kerr, known for their swordsmanship, built their Ferniehirst Castle with a staircase that spiraled counterclockwise. This architecture made it easier for left-handed swordsmen to swing their swords.  Thus, in Scotland, Kerr-handed, means left-handed.

Left-hander Jimi Hendrix played a right-handed guitar upside-down. He would string the guitar in a normal manner, with the thinnist string close to the floor.

Famous left-handers

Peter Dune was the first person to use the term "southpaw," frequently used in sports. And, there are many southpaws playing sports. However, in polo and Jai-Alai, it is forbidden to have any left-handed players.

Left-handers might consider the sport of fencing. The left-handed fencer is at an advantage playing against a right-handed fencer.  Can you imagine an Olympic team of left-handed fencers?

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff