From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3AAn enjoyable book of traditional games, some of which date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Gryski has gathered together and explained the rules for pastimes that require little or no equipment. Jacks, marbles, hopscotch, clapping games, and jump-rope rhymes and their variations are just some of the activities presented. Readers will marvel at the number of different versions of tag included and may never have heard of "Sardines" (backward hide-and-seek). The humorous watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoons clarify the directions and add lots of fun. Children will appreciate the lively presentation and adults who need to refresh their memories will find this a gold mine.ABlair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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From Kirkus Reviews
A joyous initiation into the world of old-fashioned fun, for kids whose games are now enjoyed in adult-supervised play-dates, cyberspace, and television. Although it will be odd for adults to see that old favorites such as hide-and-seek, tag, marbles, and hopscotch are passed along in a book instead of on the playground, Gryski (Friendship Bracelets, 1993) does a marvelous job of making such age-old games look at least as fun as Nintendo. Leap frog includes intriguing variations, such as ``Keep the Kettle Boiling,'' and the jump-rope rhymes will keep even skilled skippers on their toes. She also includes snippets of history, e.g., jacks were called ``Astragals'' by the Romans and played with sheep's ankle bones. Petrii's pictures are boisterous visualizations of Gryski's ideas: An illustration of the game of Telephone shows a girl whispering a picture of a chicken to her friend; as each child passes the message along, the view of the chicken utterly disintegrates. One of the book's finer moments is found in the introduction, which encourages children to alter the games: ``These games belong to you, too. They are yours to play.'' (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.