• The American Boy’s Handy Book

The American Boy’s Handy Book


There’s so much to do and discover with this truly Handy Book as a guide. Written for children in 1882, and valuable for kids or adults today, the author suggests projects, crafts, plans, games, and schemes for camping trips, hikes, or the backyard.

It contains plans for 16 kinds of kites and hot-air balloons and fishing tackle, how to make and stock an aquarium, how to construct a water telescope and how to camp out without a tent or in a hut made from pine boughs. How to build 10 kinds of boats, including a flatboat with a covered cabin. Iceboats, too. Squirt guns with astonishing range and authority. One-person canoes. Bird calls.

Daniel Carter Beard, a founder of the scouting movement in America, helped preserve invaluable folkways that can instill self-reliance and a deeper appreciation of nature—all while having a world of fun for all ages.


  • Reading age: 9 - 13 years
  • Softcover
  • 472 pages
  • 5-5/8” x 7-5/8”
  • Author: Daniel Carter Beard
  • Publisher: David R. Godine
  • ISBN: 978-0-87923-449-2