The How-To Handbook: A Guide to Mastering Everyday Skills

The How-To Handbook: A Guide to Mastering Everyday Skills

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by Martin Oliver, Alexandra Johnson
     
 

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Whether you plan on spending your life playing sports, serving clients, running businesses, or flying to the moon, there are certain things that everyone just has to know how to do: unjamming a jar, for instance, fixing a flat tire, and removing a particularly embarrassing stain. They may seem simple in retrospect, but you don’t have to turn all your

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Whether you plan on spending your life playing sports, serving clients, running businesses, or flying to the moon, there are certain things that everyone just has to know how to do: unjamming a jar, for instance, fixing a flat tire, and removing a particularly embarrassing stain. They may seem simple in retrospect, but you don’t have to turn all your laundry pink more than once before you learn that it’s best just to get things right the first time. The How-To Handbook packs over 50 essential life skills into one handy reference book, and uses dozens of illustrations to show readers the very best ways to:

  • Thread a needle
  • Pitch a tent
  • Tie a tie
  • Treat a bee sting
  • Chop an onion…and much, much more!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“When you can’t ask Mom or Dad how to do something or to do it for you, this may be the ideal book to have handy. . .A useful guide to handling everyday tasks and problems.” —Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Teenagers have a whole list of things to figure out in life, but how to fold a fitted sheet or treat a bee sting should not have to be a part of that list. One can help prevent such confusion and unnecessary crisis by picking up this young adult handbook that provides valuable information on how to do a variety of things. From timeless skills, like threading a needle or sewing on a button, to modern need-to-knows, like how to prevent Internet hacking, this book shows readers how to complete over 50 tasks effectively and efficiently. The content of this handbook is grouped into six sections and each section is further subdivided into a specific set of how-to's. Under the title of each subdivision is a humorous little note of encouragement or statement showing the importance of knowing how to do the specific task. Bonus tips and warnings are scattered about the text and the accompanying illustrations and diagrams provide great visuals for some of the tasks, like how to properly load a dishwasher. Some teen friendly recipes are included in the "Get to Know Your Kitchen" section. Readers can enjoy the handbook in one sitting or use the table of contents to quickly access a specific section when a need-to-know task arises. Though this book is not a one-stop reference for all the solutions to life's daily problems, it is a fun start for teens. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
Kirkus Reviews
When you can't ask Mom or Dad how to do something or to do it for you, this may be the ideal book to have handy. Oliver and Johnson offer explicit, easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions on how to do 50 essential tasks that include packing a suitcase, popping pimples and folding a fitted sheet. The tasks are divided into five categories: "Everyday Essentials," "Looking (and Smelling) Good," "Get to Know Your Kitchen," "Clean Up Like a Pro" and "Do It Yourself." Some of the tasks covered seem almost quaint. How many teens are likely to need to iron a pair of pants or own a pair of shoes in need of shining? Others skills, such as organizing closets and drawers, removing stains, mending a seam and sewing on a button--not to mention basic first aid--will come in handy for teens away at summer camp, left home alone or going off to college. Detailed diagrams accompany many of the instructions. A useful guide to handling everyday tasks and problems. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936976348
Publisher:
Zest
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,136,367
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Oliver and Alexandra Johnson write for children and live in the United Kingdom.

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The How-To Handbook: A Guide to Mastering Everyday Skills 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
This is a supremely helpful book! Divided into six parts for emergency skills, DIY, get to know your kitchen, clean up like a pro, looking and smelling good, and everyday essentials. Each part has instructions and tips. I especially will heavily utilize Clean Up Like a Pro, especially 'How to Fold a Fitted Sheet' *argh* and Remove a Stain (mother of a pre-teen). Common sense and all in a niftily sized book. This is going in the kitchen so I know exactly where to find it when I need it.