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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400048109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400048106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Lee was a child, his father read manuals on bass fishing, figure drawing, basketball and other pastimes, so that he could teach his son how to be an "all-American boy." Now a physician and a dad, Lee has struggled with teaching his children how to do things like catch fish and throw balls. He offers this book as a solution: from baking bread to spinning a yo-yo to eating with chopsticks to making a paper airplane, the volume explains when to start, what you need, and basic technique. Lee’s approach is friendly and down-to-earth; for example, when explaining how to play catch, he writes, "Let’s start with the basics. Kids aren’t stupid. When something comes flying through the air at them, their instinct... tells them to get the heck out of the way." He also addresses common problems and shares trivia and jokes related to most of the skills, making this a playful and refreshing parenting guide.
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Knowing how to fold a paper airplane can make you a better parent!

Well, maybe not better, but you?ll certainly have more fun with your children, who understandably assume that you know how to do just about everything. If they only knew!

Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite is for parents who want to teach their children what they really want to learn--even the skills you never mastered or haven't practiced in a few decades. This book contains clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for teaching more than twenty little life skills that every child should know, including how to:

? Work a yo-yo
? Build a fire
? Eat with chopsticks
? Skip a stone
? Fly a homemade kite
? Throw a Frisbee

While you teach your children, you get to learn the skills too, or at the very least improve on them. Activities range from practical, like locating the constellations, to completely frivolous fun, like turning a blade of grass into a musical instrument. Some are simple enough for four-year-olds, and others will appeal to the most jaded adolescent. Each skill is illustrated and is rounded out with fascinating trivia (did you know that the world?s largest sand castle measured six stories high?) or funny jokes. Age-appropriate information is given for each skill, but they all have one thing in common: You and your kids can do them together!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Wood Wirtel on June 24, 2004
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Dr. Jeffrey Lee has two daughters who have been granted the benefit of his youthful interest in being, as he puts it, an "all-American boy". Dr. Lee's Chinese born father had no way of knowing how to, say, throw a baseball but in the face of his four sons' interests read up on the subject and gamefully worked his way through. Lee thought he'd have it easier the first time he set out to teach his daughter something and he made her cry. But she eventually learned and they had fun together, but that beginning wasn't terribly auspicious. And so Lee wrote this book, so that we wouldn't repeat his mistakes but rather could have fun from the start.
In this volume that Dr. Lee offers step by step and well-illustrated instructions on how to make and fly a kite, bake bread, catch a fish, build a fire, make a pie, juggle, skip a rock and more. He notes early on that one doesn't need to be an expert to be a good teacher, a comment designed to calm adult fears of not being "good enough". Each chapter includes a briefing on what to know before you start, what equipment/materia is needed, a section on troubleshooting and even some jokes or theme-related funny stories and trivia.
This is a wonderful book for any adult who wants to enjoy the company of a child while relearning and/or teaching these ever so critical "life skills". Your kids already think you know everything, why not have a little fun?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martin G. Tobias on October 20, 2004
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I have a 4 year old. My father never spent much time with us doing stuff. Only around holidays. I learned to ride a bike by falling down. This guy actually found out there is a good way to teach kids to ride in one day! And he breaks down how to teach a scared kid how to throw a ball into managable steps. A MUST have for every parent. Most of the activities are suited for 5-8 year olds though, so my daughter is still a bit young. But I keep it near the front door for reference on the outside activity days. I will let you all know how the bike riding training goes.

I rate this a 5 out of 5. Very useful, easy to read, and a good reference that I will pick up again and again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Godard on July 12, 2004
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This is a wonderful little guide, including not only the basics of 21 great things to do with children of various ages, but an important perspective on how to teach those things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Burke on July 21, 2004
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I was so excited as I read through the pages of Catch a Fish. My boys and I are going to have so much fun together in the years to come. But it will take a village to teach my boys all the activities in this book! I read the exhaustive instructions on fishing. It was obvious Lee loves it, but I never will. So call all your village people to pony up and promise to teach the kids something! The memories made while learning are worth more than the skills themselves.
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