I just returned from Grim's Hall, and just have to put my 2 cents in on The Dangerous Book For Boys. Particularly after reading Sarah's post, which has spurred its own post entirely.
Upon our last trip to visit DH, we made the obligatory bookstore visit, and I found this book at the end of an aisle. The title catchy enough to have caught my eye. I quickly skimmed and passed the book to DH. DH was immediately intrigued. You see he had wanted to do this himself for our little guy. He wanted to be the one to combine a resource for his son.
It opens with the following.
'Don't worry about genius and don't worry about not being clever. Trust rather to hard work, perseverance, and determination. The best motto for a long march is "Don't grumble. Plug on."
You hold your future in your own hands. Never waver in this belief. Don't swagger. The boy who swaggers - like the man who swaggers - has little else that he can do. He is a cheap-Jack crying his own paltry wares. It is the empty tin that rattles most. Be honest. Be loyal. Be kind. Remember that the hardest thing to acquire is the faculty of being unselfish. As a quality it is one of the finest attributes of manliness.
'Love the sea, the ringing beach and the open downs.
'Keep clean, body and mind'
Sir Frederick Treves, Bart, KCVO, CB, Sergeant in Ordinary to HM the King. Surgeon in Ordinary to HRH Prince of Wales, written at 6 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square, London on 2 September 1903, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Boy's Own Paper
The Dangerous Book For Boys, does a fantastic job at compiling useful information.
-Rules of Rugby Union and Rugby league
-Making a Bow and Arrow
-How To Play Poker
-How to Make Cloth Fireproof
-Latin Phrases Every Boy Should Know
-The 10 Commandments
AND MUCH MORE...
Of course we bought it! Every household should have a copy of The Dangerous Book For Boys. Even if your Boy is 40.
What a wonderful resource for our children, and what a great book for every Father to read with his Son.
By far the best spent $24.95 in a long while