The best-selling 19th-century what-to-do and how-to-do-it book for boys is back! Featuring adventures and games for indoors and outdoors---and every season of the year---Beard's volume will help your 9- to 12-year-olds construct their own aquarium; rig a small sailboat; camp without a tent; make a cornstalk fiddle; build a snow fort; and more. Encourage your young men to create! 320 pages, hardcover from Tuttle.
Long before "danger" was a book for boys, there was The American Boy's Handy Book
by Daniel Beard—a beloved classic by one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts of America. The American Boy's Handy Book
was designed to provide hundreds of activities for restless young boys—adventures and games, indoors and out, in every season of the year. It was originally published in 1882 and became an instant bestseller.
Now, this much-loved classic is back in print for a new generation to enjoy. If you're not too young to fly a kite, or too old to enjoy a day of good fishing, The American Boy's Handy Book
is chock full of games and activities just for you! There's something for boys of every age and for every day of the year in this book:
- Building and flying your own kite
- Making an aquarium
- Rigging and sailing small boats
- Camping without a tent
- Making a corn stalk fiddle
- Building a snow fort
Daniel Beard, a founding member of the Boy Scouts of America, firmly believed in letting boys make their own playthings with their hands, to encourage them to value their own work and gain skills needed to successfully invent, construct and dream. This is truer today than ever before—in a world of video games and cell phones. Welcome the joys of childhood back into your children's lives with The American Boy's Handy Book
, and help them discover hobbies, games and activities that will stimulate their imagination and create a sense of adventure in the real world around us.
Daniel Beard was born in 1850 and lived most of his life in Kentucky. From an early age Beard decided to devote his life to American boyhood. He was a prolific writer and illustrator and the founder of two different societies for boys, as well as one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Before his death in 1941, Beard received the only Golden Eagle badge ever awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, and the mountain peak adjoining Mount McKinley in Alaska was named in his honor.
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