Synopses & Reviews
Wondering what to do with your summer vacation? The American Boy's Handy Book has an answer for you. Packed with numerous and varied ideas for fun projects and activities, this book will keep children occupied all year long. Camping, fishing, sculpting snowmen, making sleds, stocking aquariums, raising dogs, and even puppet shows are just a few of the many activities that are covered in this book.
Featuring a new Foreword by Roy C. Williams, Chief Scout Executive of The Boy Scouts of America, this handbook provides a wealth of ideas for fun and instructional projects for young boys. Includes plans for 16 kinds of kites, hot-air balloons, fishing tackle, one-person canoes, bird calls, squirt guns, and more.
Provides a huge number of ideas for fun and instructional projects for young boys.
Each summer, millions of children complain, There's nothing to do. Originally published in 1888, The American Boy's Handy Book resoundingly challenges this age-old dilemma by providing a huge number of ideas for fun and instructional projects for young boys. Everything from camping and kite building to raising dogs and building boats is detailed for the would-be adventurer and do-it your-selfer.
Table of Contents
Partial Contents: Kite Time; Novel Modes of Fishing; Home-Made Fishing Tackle; How to Stock, Make, and Keep a Freshwater Aquarium; How to keep Aquatic Plants in the House or Flower-Garden; How to Stock and Keep a Marine Aquarium; Knots, Bends, and Hitches; The Water-Telescope; Dredge, Tangle, and Trawl Fishing; Home-Made Boats; How to Rig and Sail Small Boats; Fourth of July Balloons, with New and Novel Attachments; How to Camp out without a Tent; Bird Singers, Etc.; Bird Nesting; How to Rear Wild Birds; Home-Made Hunting Apparatus; How to Make Blow-Guns, Elder Guns; Traps and Trapping; Dogs; Practical Taxidermy for Boys; Every Boy a Decorative Artist; Snowball Warfare; Snow-Houses and Statuary; Sleds, Chair-Sleighs, and Snow-Shoes; How to Make the Tom Thumb Ice-Boat and Larger Craft; The Winged Skaters, and How to Make the Wings; Winter Fishin.; In-Door Amusements; The Boy's Own Phunnygraph; How to Make Puppets and a Puppet-Show; Puss-in-Boots, Dramatized and Adapted For a Puppet-Show; How to Make a Magic Lantern - A Kaleidoscope - A Fortune Teller's Box; How to Make the Dancing Fairies, the Bathers, and the Orator; How to Make Various and Divers Whirlgigs; The Universe in a Card-Box; Life Instilled into Paper Puppets, and the Matches Made of Human Fingers; Home-Made Masquerade and Theatrical Costumes; Kites; Fishing; Home-Made Boats; Soap-Bubbles; Paper Fireworks; Home-Made Hunting Apparatus; Decoys; Taxidermy; 'Uncle Enos" Banjo; Snow-Shoes. Illustrated.