How To Play The Games Of Yesterday


Remember how to play your favorite games from yesterday!

This terrific compendium includes traditional indoor and outdoor games that have been enjoyed by generations of children and their parents before them. Full instructions are included for each game, so learning and ...

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Remember how to play your favorite games from yesterday!

This terrific compendium includes traditional indoor and outdoor games that have been enjoyed by generations of children and their parents before them. Full instructions are included for each game, so learning and relearning your favorites is easy and fun! Remember how to play:

Spooky games like Wink Murder.
Classic games like jacks, marbles, and hopscotch.
Outdoor games like Capture the Flag and Hide and Seek.
Card games like gin rummy... and many more!

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Editorial Reviews

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Video games are great, but in many ways less memorable and less satisfying than games that involve real-world, face-to-face interaction. With this nostalgic book in hand, youngsters can not only learn the games that made Dad the man he is; you can learn them so well you can actually best him on your home turf. Even if you're not challenging your parents at gin rummy, jacks, or marbles, you can play them with your friends; you know, those people you see when you're not glued to your iPod.
Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
Parents will take a walk down memory lane with this collection of time tested games and will enjoy playing these games with children. While adults may enjoy it, this book is intended for children and, as such, includes clear and simple directions that are accompanied by simple drawings of children in turn-of-the-century dress. A contents page gives the reader easy access to the game directions. As an addition to the "Scholastic Boys and Girls Series," the games are divided into seven areas: Deciders, Party Games, Playground Games, Chasing and Hiding Games, Word and Memory Games, Singing and Circle Games, and String, Card, and Paper Games. Readers can play many of these games alone, with a few other players, or in large groups and include both indoor and outdoor games. Deciders begin with favorites such as "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and "Spuds" (one potato, two potato…), while Party Games range from Musical Chairs and "Simon Says" to "Wink Murder" and charades. Well-known playground games such as "Red Rover" and "Follow the Leader" are accompanied by lesser-known games such as "Adder's Nest" and "What Time is it Mr. Fox?" "Sardines and Block" are two of the less-common chasing and hiding games that follow "Freeze Tag" and "Shadow Tag." Other games include "Fizz Buzz," "I Spy," "Solitaire," and "Cat's Cradle." There will never be a boring moment with this book in the house or classroom. It is a must for anyone with children! Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
School Library Journal
Gr 1–6—This small book takes a look at the games in simpler times. There are no electronics, batteries, cell phones, or videos involved. They mostly require physical and/or mental action along with the use of an imagination and some sweat, and maybe a little dirt. There are old favorites such as Red Rover and Simon Says as well as Rummy, Hangman, and I Spy. The clear instructions are easy for early readers to follow. There are games for one child, such as Marbles, Jacks, and Solitaire, as well as those for a crowd, such as Freeze Tag, Capture the Flag, and Charades. Line drawings of quaint children dressed in the style of the early 1900s are included. The nostalgic tone will appeal more to adults than to children, but youngsters will love this title once they try a few of the selections. While there are lots of books with collections of games, this one offers excellent short explanations and is easily accessible.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545134033
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Best at Everything Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 428,772
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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