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The Boy's Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys Hardcover – July 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Spi edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764166115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764166112
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug on June 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As the final school days are approaching I know that some parents will wonder how they can entertain their kids during the summer months. For us, I think we will do a bit of science intertwined with camp/VBS/family reunion and so on. But I recently received two marvelous books that could help many parents out there to entertain their kids during the months of June/July/August. These two books are packed with fun activities and cool facts from cover to cover. The books are The Boy's Book of Adventure and The Girl's Book of Adventure.

First let's take a look at the one dedicated for boys. In this little gem of a book, your child will be able to discover plenty of adventurous ideas for outdoors as well as fun-to-do crafts projects. Essentially, this is an outdoor activities book. With all the publicity emphasis the fact that kids are not spending enough time outside, it's nice to discover a book that encourages the kids to explore the outdoors. Here's what you will find in the table of contents: little insects in the grass, bike safety, secret codes, make your own wallet, morse code, awalé, protect yourself from the sun, wild geometry, trail signs, don't lose north, rescue techniques, shells, cool drinks, outdoor traveler's toolbox, most beautiful rocks, adventurer's shelter, poisonous snakes, make a periscope, music of the sea, first aid, taking care of plants without wasting water, reading a map, karate sudoku, native American way, pond in your backyard, make a water mill, music of the world, snail race, what will the weather be like tomorrow, your head in the stars, races on the water, make an herbarium, mystery of cherries, adventurer's pouch, how to catch a fish, bird-watching, sailors' knots, animal tracks, garden, send news, martian, and removing salt from seawater.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. George on December 26, 2013
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I got this for our almost 11 year old for Christmas. I would call him a reluctant reader. He reads on grade level, but in his free time prefers to peruse Lego and Star Wars visual dictionaries that aren't heavy on text. I was hoping this could be a fun hybrid between useful and interesting, and fun. On paging through, the layout is appealing and it covers a lot of territory. I did find that the first aid info was out of date (suggesting cold water for a burn - currently it is recommended to use room temperature water to prevent further tissue damage), and it referred to injuries as "boo boos" - in a book that is recommended for 8-12 year olds.

The book has a handy red elastic that straps the book closed, presumably to protect it as your kid tramps around in the backyard wilderness, doing the projects within its pages.

I only gave the book four stars, because despite the neat graphics and layout, the book comes up a little short in delivering age appropriate material at grade level. Instead, the smaller text and word-filled pages look to be for the target audience, but some of the content is going to bore and annoy kids who are that age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews on July 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My kids and I reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are our thoughts:

SON SAYS: This is the best book ever and I want to read it every single day. I've already made the compass and learned to tie knots - that was a lot of fun! I really liked reading about the snakes and the rocks. Some of the things I want to try making are the periscope, building the teepee, and making the telephone. I think this book is good for all boys and some girls like my Mom.

MOM SAYS: When Barron's Educational Series Inc. contacted me and asked me to have a look at The Boy's Book of Adventure and The Girl's Book of Adventure I literally jumped at the chance. The thought of having individual books for my son and my daughter filled with great ideas for fun stuff to do over the summer holidays was very, very attractive and these two books do not disappoint! In fact, each of my children immediately grabbed the books and took them to their bedrooms to flip through them. My son slept with his copy for one straight week. It would be an understatement to say they LOVE them!

Physically, the books themselves are very sturdy to withstand the great outdoors where they will surely be brought. The layout is very, very well done and is very kid-friendly. There are many, many illustrations and diagrams as well as simple step-by-step instructions for each of the activities. There is also a very wide range of activities with some involving building quite substantial things (e.g., a teepee), some involving small crafts and creations (e.g., a compass), and others simply providing interesting information (e.g., identifying wild flowers).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Reilly Oberding on September 19, 2013
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I bought this book for my 5 and 8 year old boys. They have spent many hours reading it and planning the easy to do activities
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Rooksberry on July 23, 2014
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My grandson totally loved this book (he's 8). During his very next visit with us, he pulled it out and pointed to the boat he wanted Grandpa to help him build -- and they did. This book is for the boy who dreams of doing things in the "real" world rather than sitting on a couch playing video games. Wonderful old-fashioned fun to tweak enterprise, initiative, and imagination -- for fathers, sons, and grandpas everywhere.
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