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The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games    by J. J. Ferrer order for
Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games
by J. J. Ferrer
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2013 (2013)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In an age when so many children turn to electronic gadgets to amuse themselves, this book provides a breath of fresh air. You'll find a varied collection of games children have played for decades, if not centuries, in this book.

Each entry contains an explanation of how the game is to be played, its purpose, the number of players needed, the necessary equipment, and tips or variations on how to make the game easier to play or more challenging.

The author divides the games into seven sections. There are games played with a ball, car games, card games, games one can play alone, brain games and games that require either a partner or a group.

While some of these games like Duck, Duck, Goose, Twenty Questions or Red Light, Green Light may be familiar to adults, unfortunately many youngsters today have never heard of them.

If you believe it is time to set aside the handheld gizmos and resort to some type of activity that engages more than just the child's thumbs or fingers, then this is a book you'll want to purchase.

Not only will you discover scores of games that will build skills like hand-eye coordination and problem solving, and encourage being a good team player but they will also be lots of fun and won't require a major expenditure of money.

Turn off the computer, shut down the Play Station and Xbox and open this book for new ways of engaging your child. You won't be disappointed!

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