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The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games: Stoopball, Jacks, String Games, Coin Flipping, Line Baseball, Jump Rope, and More Paperback – February 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936140748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936140749
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. J. Ferrer is the mother of three sons and the author of four books, A NEW MOTHER'S PRAYERS, I AM A MOTHER OF SONS, DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTER, and SHE OF THE RIB. She has fond memories of playing "Red Rover, Red Rover" at school in Wauchula, Florida. Today, she lives in Greenville, South Carolina and plays Spades and Musical Miles as often as possible.

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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer has been passionate about words for as long as she can remember--and she credits Lola Dietz, the first librarian she ever knew--for that wonderful gift. "My hometown church was blessed to have an exceptional library and a full-time librarian," the author recalls. "Mrs. Dietz introduced me to A Child's Garden of Verses, to Beverly Cleary, to Maj Lindman, and taught me the joy of reading and the satisfaction of a good story when I was still a toddler." Ferrer also credits several teachers and mentors who recognized and encouraged her gift with words for leading her to a career in writing. "I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everybody. You couldn't get away with a thing, of course, but the affection and interest and support was amazing. I HAD to be successful; I couldn't let those people down!"

Working initially as an advertising copywriter, then as a freelance journalist, Ferrer began writing books after her first child was born. Her four collections of poetry about the bliss and bedlam of motherhood and the diverse roles and responsibilities of women have been published in multiple editions, including two in Spanish. Ferrer's newest book takes her flair for words and appealing one-on-style of writing into the nonfiction arena; The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games is a how-to full of fascinating facts, step-by-step detail, and terrific trivia. "I love technology as much as anyone," says the author, "but no generation should grow up without knowing how to have fun when the power goes out and there are no AA batteries in the house."

While more nonfiction and fiction projects are in the works, Ferrer's enthusiasm for poetry will never wane. "Too many people write it off as boring because some teacher crammed too much Wordsworth and Yeats down their throat and never told them about Nash or Belloc." In 2009, Ferrer launched www.YourDailyPoem.com, a website specifically designed to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. "I consider myself a poetry missionary," she says."Anyone who thinks poetry is boring simply hasn't found the right poet; I'd like to help them out."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miriam S. Ruff on March 6, 2013
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As a relative "old timer" living in a technologically oriented world, I'm often queried by my young friends what I did as a child with no Internet, no video games, and no DVD player. "The Art of Stone Skipping" is a great resource for all the activities I did as a child, as well as describing the infinite pleasures of using your imagination. I would recommend it for anyone who's interested in how to play without technology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy K. Fletcher on February 19, 2013
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My grandchildren and I have had the best time trying out all these low-tech activities, much to the joy and surprise of my little darlings!
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By B. Ashby on September 7, 2014
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I have a Girl Scout troops, and when I found this book at the library I knew I had to purchase it for future reference. It has tons of games I played as a kid in the 70's and tons more I have never heard of before. In a world where kids only play games that require a battery, it's nice to have a reference of great games that build team work and increase exercise.
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