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The Boy's Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0764166115
LANGUAGE: English

" You can be like 21 years old and still learn from this book " said.

" This book is great with all the exciting information and answers to many things. It sparks my kids' curiosity. I saw another for girls. I strongly dislike the title and how gender bias this serious of books is. Boys can learn too cook and girls can enjoy outdoors just as much. Stop feeding my kids with ideas that girls should do the cooking, paint their nails, etc I'm going to use a red marker and put a big cross on the word "Boy's" on the cover. " said.

"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).

All of that being said, while I can see why it would be attractive to have gender-specific books and perhaps the activities in the books are geared toward what a parent might see as being in line with boys’ interests and girls’ interests; I also can see that my daughter, for example, would LOVE to do some of the activities in The Boy’s Book of Adventure and vice versa, my son would LOVE to do some of the activities in The Girl’s Book of Adventure. What happened in reality however is that both my son and daughter took ownership of the individual books, and heeded the warning on the covers “No Boys Allowed” and “No Girls Allowed”. So, in one sense, the books do perpetuate stereotypes of boy-appropriate and girl-appropriate activities. But, at the end of the day, we all do stuff together so we usually throw gender out the window and do it all!

My Bottom Line:

I think these books are absolutely fantastic and they are literally FILLED with so many great ideas and information for fun activities and crafts. I think kids aged 8+ can do many of these activities independently and kids aged 5+ could do most of the activities with the help of a parent.

* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. *
" said.

"I got this book for my 11 year old son for his birthday. Contrary to what some may believe, it is perfectly acceptable and OK for boys and girls to have something labeled and geared toward their stereotypical gender! I'm so tired of people gasping at things being labeled for boys or girls. It really is OK for them to have something of their own! Thank for you making something geared toward the typical boy who can celebrate and be proud of being a typical boy. Believe it or not, there are still many out there! " said.

" You can be like 21 years old and still learn from this book " said.

" This book is great with all the exciting information and answers to many things. It sparks my kids' curiosity. I saw another for girls. I strongly dislike the title and how gender bias this serious of books is. Boys can learn too cook and girls can enjoy outdoors just as much. Stop feeding my kids with ideas that girls should do the cooking, paint their nails, etc I'm going to use a red marker and put a big cross on the word "Boy's" on the cover. " said.

"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).

All of that being said, while I can see why it would be attractive to have gender-specific books and perhaps the activities in the books are geared toward what a parent might see as being in line with boys’ interests and girls’ interests; I also can see that my daughter, for example, would LOVE to do some of the activities in The Boy’s Book of Adventure and vice versa, my son would LOVE to do some of the activities in The Girl’s Book of Adventure. What happened in reality however is that both my son and daughter took ownership of the individual books, and heeded the warning on the covers “No Boys Allowed” and “No Girls Allowed”. So, in one sense, the books do perpetuate stereotypes of boy-appropriate and girl-appropriate activities. But, at the end of the day, we all do stuff together so we usually throw gender out the window and do it all!

My Bottom Line:

I think these books are absolutely fantastic and they are literally FILLED with so many great ideas and information for fun activities and crafts. I think kids aged 8+ can do many of these activities independently and kids aged 5+ could do most of the activities with the help of a parent.

* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. *
" said.

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