Softcover, 472 pages
|The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It
by Daniel Carter Beard
First published in 1882, but more relevant than ever, this book is a wealth of projects and games, with practical directions on how to make them. Written by one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, here is the ultimate pre-TV, anti-couch potato activity book, answering the question, "What's there to do?"
Also see The American Girls Handy Book and The Field and Forest Handy Book.
Praise for The Amercan Boy's Handy Book
If Huckleberry Finn were to settle down, somewhere out there in the territory, and decide to become an author, he might very well come up with a book like this one . . . evoking the kind of boyhood that nearly every American man would like to have had himself, and hope that his son (or daughter) might still enjoy.
—Washington Post Book World
The Handy Book was the perfect survival manual. It contained plans for 16 kinds of kites and hot-air balloons and fishing tackle. It told you how to make and stock an aquarium, to construct a water telescope and how to camp out without a tent. Or in a hut made from pine boughs. How to build 10 kinds of boats, including a flatboat with a covered cabin. Iceboats, too. One-person canoes. Bird calls. Squirt guns with astonishing range and authority.
Today you can be privy to all these splendid secrets . . . printed on acid-free paper and sewn in signatures, it will last to be handed down to you great-grandboys.
—Henry Kisor, The Chicago Sun-Times
Fascinating projects guaranteed to teach and amuse for hours, and, since much has changed since 1882, a lot of those young readers will be girls.
—Saint Petersburg Times
This title is now available as an eBook through Google Play.