The American Boy's Handy Bookby Daniel Carter Beard
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
Richard C. Debold
- Tuttle Publishing
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Hardcover with Jacket
- Product dimensions:
- 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
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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Oh my gosh its almost better than minecraft
Looking for a new way to make Mark Twain come alive in your classroom? Help your students travel back in time by engaging in some of the wonderful projects in The American Boy's Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard. Aside from illustrating some of Twain's work, Beard was an avid educator who also was a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America. He wrote their first Boy Scout Handbook and was a lifelong advocate of making your own fun. This treasure of a book will suggest projects for your class which will help them understand the world of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Make kites in the shape of stars, turtles, shields and dragons. Build your own giant bubble machine or a Puss in Boots puppet show (script is included). Avoid the more violent blow guns and fighting kites but enjoy the simplicity and just plain fun of this book. Along the way, your students will have a new appreciation for Mark Twain's world and the little boys he wrote about.
My father owned this book as a young lad. He would have been 80 years old this past April. He loved it so much that he bought my son a copy on his 10th Birthday. I also bought a copy for my two step-sons. Now I plan to purchase a copy for my Grandson who just turned 6 today. It has so many things for a young boy to do and make. Even for the girls. I am a Mother who also enjoyed finding things to do from this book of adventures.
Brings us back in time to a place where children learned about the world by touching baby birds and playing with sharp sticks. I recommend this book highly for adults and mature 8-year olds.
Bought this for my 7 year old. It's excellent. Breaks down activities by season. Great alternative to TV