I heard about this book on a podcast, I believe, and immediately requested it from the library. There are sections on building your own go-cart, identifying insects, dinosaurs, history, first aid, poems every boy should know and more ideas that have slowly faded our of most children’s lives. My 9-year-old was fascinated for quite a while as he flipped from section to section.
Having grown up in a small town in Ohio, I had a 1950’s upbringing in the 1970’s. so much of what is in the book is familiar to me, but I know that raising a child in Los Angeles can often make them feel cocooned from the world we once knew as kids. I think there are several activities in the book that we will do to try and reconnect a bit.
The bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.
In this digital age there is still a place for knots, skimming stones and stories of incredible courage. This book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity, and makes for great father-son activities. The brothers Conn and Hal have put together a wonderful collection of all things that make being young or young at heart fun—building go-carts and electromagnets, identifying insects and spiders, and flying the world’s best paper airplanes.