Texas Toys and Games

Texas Toys and Games

by Francis Edward Abernethy
     
 

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You won’t find molded plastic, mass-produced items in this Texas Folklore Society Publication. These are folk toys, made from natural or available materials, whatever is handy or can be scrounged. The folks who make them are amateurs of varying degrees, from the ten-year-old hammering together a skate scooter or box kite to the doting grandparent sewing doll…  See more details below

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You won’t find molded plastic, mass-produced items in this Texas Folklore Society Publication. These are folk toys, made from natural or available materials, whatever is handy or can be scrounged. The folks who make them are amateurs of varying degrees, from the ten-year-old hammering together a skate scooter or box kite to the doting grandparent sewing doll clothes or whittling paired giraffes for a Noah’s Ark. Texas Toys and Games combines both how-to descriptions and reminiscences.

Folk games encompass guessing, gambling, and counting games; physically competitive games of chase, tag, and mock combat; skill games using sticks, stones, marbles, tops, and knives; variations of baseball, basketball, and football; and rhythmic clapping, rope-jumping, and dance-like games. This book is as much fun as Christmas morning—and not a single battery required!

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Folk toys are made with available materials by amateurs in the tradition of the area's culture. Folk games are the traditional games passed along in the playground. This delightful illustrated volume combines how-to descriptions and personal reminiscences contributed by people across the state of Texas. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574410372
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Texas Folklore Society Publications Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author


Francis Edward Abernethy is Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the former executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to having edited numerous Texas Folklore Society publications, he has written Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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