Globe Pequot / Lyons Press
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-1-4930-3680-6 • Hardback • November 2018 • $19.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-58667-065-8 • Paperback • April 2001 • $15.95 • (£11.99)
978-1-4930-3922-7 • eBook • November 2018 • $19.00 • (£14.99)
Daniel Beard, a founding member of the Boy Scouts of America, firmly believed in letting boys make their own playthings with their hands, to encourage them to value their own work and gain skills needed to successfully invent, construct and dream. This is truer today than ever before—in a world of video games and cell phones. Welcome the joys of childhood back into your children's lives with The American Boy's Handy Book, and help them discover hobbies, games and activities that will stimulate their imagination and create a sense of adventure in the real world around us.
Lina Beard and Adelia B. Beard were sisters of Daniel Carter Beard (1850 - 1941) who was the first National Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor in the Boy Scouts of America. The siblings were co-founders of the Campfire Girls.
At first glance, this republication of a more than 100-year-old book is simply an artifact of immense nostalgic charm.... The Handy Book was then - and now again is - a brim-full collection of guidance on an immensity of subjects, ranging from knot tying to boat-making, to outdoor survival without appropriate gear. Sure there have been developments and discoveries since, of equipment and techniques. But it's astonishing how up to date much of the splendid stuff is."
— Michael Pakenham; Baltimore Sun
Over 100 years after its original publication, The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It is still engaging the imaginations of children and adults.
— Family News
Using the original type and illustrations, The American Boy's Handy Book gives step-by-step instructions for a number of projects, many of which require adult supervision.
— Coastal Family
This paperback includes many oldies but goodies - in fact it was first published in 1888! This guide was written by Daniel Carter Beard.... He had a love of making things and spending time outdoors, and he passed along his knowledge in this book.
— Charlotte Parent
There's always something fun for your boys to do in The American Boy's Handy Book. Activities include everything from camping without a tent to building boats.
— Puget Sound Parent
The do-it-yourself projects are arranged by season Spring begins with elaborate kite building and goes on to fishing and aquariums. Summer activities include knots, boat building, homemade hunting apparatus and camp craft.
— Mike Maza, of the Dallas Morning News; Patriot-News
— New Hampshire Sunday News
— Richard C. Debold; Middletown Press