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Manufacturer: David R Godine
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Binding: Paperback Brand: Channel Craft Dewey Decimal Number: 790.1 EAN: 9780879236663 ISBN: 0879236663 Label: David R Godine Manufacturer: David R Godine Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 496 Publication Date: 1994-09-01 Publisher: David R Godine Reading Level: Ages 9-12 Studio: David R Godine
Written by the founder of the Boys Scouts, Dan Beard, his wife and daughter (Lena & Adelia), founders of the Campfire Girls. Full of indoor & outdoor activities.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Great book Comment: Girls will be girls and what was girly and cool 100 years ago is still girly and cool today. A fun look into history loaded with good old fashion fun. Every girl in our neighborhood has found something they love in this book. Giggles and smiles. This does seem to be a better fit for a girl who already enjoys reading otherwise you may end up doing the loins share of the reading which could be just as rewarding for your relationship with your special girl. Customer Rating: Summary: Do Your Girl a Favor and Get her the American Boys Handy Book Instead Comment: My mother bought both for me as a child. I spent days going through the American Boys Handy Book but the girls version bored me to death. I was excited to learn of the amazing things boys got to do in older times but what girls were doing sounded a great deal like chores. The best bit with the American Boys Handy book is you get history and crafts together. There are many things you can still build, at least if you don't live in too urban an environment. If you do live in the city or want more female crafts than trapping, fishing and animal training, get a more modern craft book for your children. The American Girls doll company likely still makes interesting period crafts if you'd like to go the historical route. They did when my nieces were young. Customer Rating: Summary: This book amused myself and others! Comment: I received this book for Christmas and it is one of my favorite books. It has crafts and activities ranging from preserving flowers in wax to turning an old straw hat into a drawstring bag. Along with fun crafts and games, and even interior decorating, this book shows one how life was like back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book is over 100 years old, and the activities are still really fun and easy to do! I recommend this book to any girl, young or old! Customer Rating: Summary: A book of exuberant charm Comment: Sure, it might be a little outdated, but it's a great glimpse into a past time. And today's kids would probably enjoy the chance to do some old-fashioned things described in this book, like making their own hammock or refurbishing some old furniture. The instructions for painting and drawing and basic and useful, and many of the ideas presented are things forgotten about and could stand resurrection. Lots of attention paid to girls getting exercise and being healthy, contrary to modern perceptions of Victorian women. Good for parents and teachers, and kids who are fond of history and open to old-fashioned ideas. Customer Rating: Summary: A 1887 Gem! Comment: For mothers who are not ashamed to have their young girls grow up knowing "feminine" arts, this book is a gem! There are some complicated projects (hammock making) which most of us would not have time or inclination to do, but others (corn husk dolls, botanic art, flower pressing, and home-made candy recipes) which any mother could help even very young daughters accomplish. In addition to the projects resource that it is, the book is a homey, nostalgic history of the things which used to occupy the time of young women preparing for homekeeping.