Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Complete Wilderness Training Book

by Hugh McManners

Okay. This one's for the boys. We are taking a break from tea party posts and crochet links. I found this little jewel on my own father's bookshelves while visiting him one summer and spent the next hour or so enjoying the pictures and information immensely. I had been looking for a book about the outdoors for my children for several years because I think boys and girls alike should know, at least a little bit, about basic camping and survival skills. Finally, a book that fit the bill was before me and I promptly went out to Barnes & Noble and bought it. We have not been disappointed.

Lavishly illustrated with real photographs in the typical Dorling Kindersley tradition, the author shows the reader exactly how to choose a campsite, build a campfire, make a shelter, make knots, find and purify water, recognize edible and poisonous plants, use a compass, read a map, build a raft, make a survival kit, signal for help, survive at sea and much, much more. Isn't that exciting? Even if one lives in the city, every kid loves to read about such matters. My oldest children have enjoyed this book so much-- and they are girls! I think all children should have access to a book like this. It is so helpful and satisfies their love of adventure. I usually give this to my children when they are around ten years old. First, I have them read Robinson Crusoe or My Side of the Mountain and then I hand them this book. Oh my! They get so excited. As you can see, I highly recommend it.

Our grade for this book is:

Grading Scale

A = You MUST have this book in your library!

B= This is a very good book. Would be a nice addition to your library.

C= A straw in the haystack, but certainly NOT the needle.

D= Good fire starter.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous23.12.06

    September 27, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by barbieheart

    Thank you for the suggestion--I'm going to check it out! (as I find I do with every book you recommend--thanks for doing so much legwork for me!)


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    September 28, 2006 - Untitled Comment

    Posted by momma2aejsk

    Coming from a family of no boys (even my sister has 4 girls & no boys), my 2 sons have me stumped. I am always on the lookout for ways to interest them in things other than the tea parties. With 2 older sisters they get plenty of time being in touch with their feminine side (unfortunately). In spite of it all they are ALL boy & love anything to do with camping & being out doors. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    September 28, 2006 - Thanks

    Posted by Melkhi

    I put this on my Amazon wish list as a gift idea for my kids.

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    October 7, 2006 - This Looks GREAT (0:

    Posted by Canadagirl

    I am going to get this maybe for Christmas for my boys. I think it would be a good one after we have gone to Little Bear Wheeler's Adventure ( HS Family ) Camp. We are leaving on the 20th. I can't belive we finally get to go ! We have been waiting 1 and half years to go to this. It will have alot of wilderness survival teaching. God Bless.
    In Him,