Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure

Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure

3.0 3
by Mike Wolfe
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The star of the hit television show American Pickers shares his love of treasure-hunting with kids.

Mike Wolfe's love for "picking" started with old bikes, cigar boxes, and other collectibles people may have called "junk." A self-taught picker, the TV star now shares his passion for picking antiques with his enthusiastic kid audience, and offers tips

Overview

The star of the hit television show American Pickers shares his love of treasure-hunting with kids.

Mike Wolfe's love for "picking" started with old bikes, cigar boxes, and other collectibles people may have called "junk." A self-taught picker, the TV star now shares his passion for picking antiques with his enthusiastic kid audience, and offers tips on collecting, sorting through flea market offerings, asking relatives about family heirlooms, and much, much more. In the process, kids will pick up history, research skills, and new hobbies galore (and maybe even help clean the attic).
Kids love treasure-hunting. Kid Pickers is a fun and practical resource from one of the most popular pros around.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Taking a leap from the small screen to the printed page, History Channel's American Pickers host, Mike Wolfe, adapts his treasure hunting secrets and obsessions for a young audience of up-and-coming pickers. Covering such topics as the thrill of the hunt, where to begin, and how to develop your own picking style, kids with a beginning interest in picking will have plenty to work with. Wolfe also ties in green trends like repurposing and sustainability, uncovering your own family history, making a profit, and using various resources to discover an item's story, widening the appeal to those not necessarily looking to dig through endless flea markets and dumps. The orange, black, and white palette give it an appropriately vintage feel and the lively layouts sprinkled with photos, real kid-picker profiles, and picking pointers adds to the book's accessibility. This is a surprisingly versatile resource that would be a fine addition to any library. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
From the Publisher

“Fans of the History Channel's American Pickers will be pleasantly surprised by Wolfe's foray into writing for young enthusiasts . . . A nice addition to any collection, especially for history (or television) buffs.” —School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Fans of the History Channel's American Pickers will be pleasantly surprised by Wolfe's foray into writing for young enthusiasts. The author adopts an accessible, enthusiastic tone as he describes what "treasure hunters" do, how they do it, and the best places for childen to start collecting. For added veracity, each chapter features a young person and his or her area of interest. Wolfe encourages his readers to do the research behind their finds and to develop other skills, like bargaining, while they learn to discern both the personal as well as material value of an object. The usual items, like baseball cards and collector toys, are mentioned, but so are things like farm tools. This isn't a "get rich quick" book; instead, it focuses on helping kids learn about what they might find with a little digging and creativity. Many black-and-white photos and illustrations punctuate the text, and a collection of interesting facts is appended. A nice addition to any collection, especially for history (or television) buffs.—Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250008497
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Lexile:
1030L (what's this?)
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Related Subjects

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One
 

WHAT’S A KID PICKER?
BY SIMPLY PICKING UP THIS BOOK, chances are you’re probably a “picker” at heart, just like me. You’ve got a passion for rediscovering those once-forgotten items of our past, and the stories they tell. You love the excitement of hunting through old items, or those that were tossed aside to collect dust. You understand their importance because you picked it, and you’ve begun a new chapter in the life of your picked item … now, that’s cool.
So let’s forget about what something’s worth, or what everyone else around you likes. It’s time to create your own story; find your own Passion. That’s right, put on some old jeans, grab a flashlight, and set out for the journey that lies ahead. The adventure is all about finding—picking—items that will connect you closer to yourself and the people that surround you. Whether these items have been cherished in your family for centuries or you’ve uncovered a rusty broken wheel in your backyard, the point is it’s your pick and that’s what makes you a true Kid Picker.
As a seasoned picker myself, trust me when I say you’ve got all the tools you’ll need just by going out and finding what you like. My favorite memories as a Kid Picker were those in which I was the leader of my own journey, going out in search of whatever caught my eye. Curiosity will be your best guide (and, of course, this wonderful book you’re holding), as you are now the creator of your very own picking story. Join me by following the guidelines in the chapters ahead on searching, finding, collecting, sharing, and creating your own story. Your journey awaits, fellow Kid Pickers. What will your story be?
Austin
AGE 10
COLLECTS: Bottles, rockets, old toys
BEST PICK SO FAR: Old bottles found while digging in the dirt near his grandfather’s shop

 
Copyright © 2013 by Mike Wolfe

Meet the Author

Mike Wolfe has been diggin' and pickin' through junk since the age of four. As the star of the History Channel hit show American Pickers, Mike travels more than 60,000 miles a year around the country "making a living telling the history of America, one piece at a time." He divides his time between LeClaire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee, where he owns the store Antique Archaeology.

Lily Sprengelmeyer is a third-grade elementary school teacher. She has been a lifelong picker, growing up in her father's eclectic antique store, La Belle Epoque in Galena, Illinois, where Mike Wolfe was a regular. She continues to reside in Galena.


Mike Wolfe has been diggin’ and pickin’ through junk since the age of four. As the star of the History Channel hit show American Pickers, Mike travels more than 60,000 miles a year around the country “making a living telling the history of America, one piece at a time.” He divides his time between LeClaire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee, where he owns the store Antique Archaeology.
Lily Sprengelmeyer, co-author of Kid Pickers, is a third-grade elementary school teacher. She has been a lifelong picker, growing up in her father’s eclectic antique store, La Belle Epoque in Galena, Illinois, where Mike Wolfe was a regular. She continues to reside in Galena.
Mike Right provided illustrations for Kid Pickers.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a kid's guide of how to find hidden treasures in the old stuff other people have just laying around in their houses, barns, yards, etc. it teaches kids the value of saving things from the past and reusing them in new ways
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very appropriate for children, Young folks can learn to respect others property ,when following advice in this book, great starter info for all those kid pickers out there just starting out.
61Mack More than 1 year ago
Too simplistic even for a 10 year old.