Synopses & Reviews
Long before "danger" was a book for boys, there was andlt;iandgt;The American Boy's Handy Bookandlt;/iandgt; by Daniel Beardand#8212;a beloved classic by one of the original founders of the Boy Scouts of America. andlt;iandgt;The American Boy's Handy Bookandlt;/iandgt; was designed to provide hundreds of activities for restless young boysand#8212;adventures and games, indoors and out, in every season of the year. It was originally published in 1882 and became an instant bestseller.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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, andlt;iandgt;The American Boy's Handy Bookandlt;/iandgt; 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:andlt;ulandgt;andlt;liandgt; Building and flying your own kiteandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Making an aquariumandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Rigging and sailing small boatsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Camping without a tentandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Making a corn stalk fiddleandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Building a snow fortandlt;/liandgt;andlt;/ulandgt;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 beforeand#8212;in a world of video games and cell phones. Welcome the joys of childhood back into your children's lives with andlt;iandgt;The American Boy's Handy Bookandlt;/iandgt;, 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.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Daniel Beardandlt;/Bandgt; 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, illustrator, the founder of two different societies for boys and one of the original founding members of the Boy Scouts of America. Beard's writings were a great influence on Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, and helped impress the need for preserving America's forests on them. Before his death in 1941, Beard received the only Golden Eagle badge ever awarded for his work from the Boy Scouts of America, and had the mountain peak adjoining Mt. McKinley in Alaska named in his honor.