A Boy's Summer: Fathers and Sons Together

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St. Martin's Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 224 pages
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Gerry Spence, father to six, grandfather to ten, is a man who knows intimately the joys of fatherhood and who writes beautifully and lyrically about how fatherhood allows a man to rediscover the boy within himself, while simultaneously assuming true adult responsibility for the first time. This is a man who truly understands boys and how boys grow up to become men.

No school teaches us how to become successful human beings; there are no classes to teach boys how to become decent adult men. Boys grow up by imitating their father-if, that is, the father spends enough time with his son.

A Boy's Summer is a book of short essays describing activities, adventures and experiments that fathers and sons can do together. These projects take from an hour to an afternoon to a weekend-time that a father and son can spend together discovering themselves and the world around them

Illustrated with forty-five line drawings by Tom Spence, A Boy's Summer is written so it can be read by father to son or by son to father. "This book is for boys who, with their fathers, will share those precious moments that create the stuff of a lifetime from which successful sons, and because of it, successful fathers, are made."

 

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Addressing boys aged eight to 14, Spence (Give Me Liberty!) offers blueprints for outdoor activities that fathers and sons can do together. Making stilts, gardening, fishing, and kite making are among ... Read full review

Contents

1 Into the WindMaking a Kite
1
2 Walking on Stilts
8
3 Making a Whistle
12
4 How to Make an Argumentfor a Pup or Something Else?
17
5 Keeping a Summer Journal
25
6 Finding a Hidden Treasure
29
7 How to Make a Beanie
34
8 Davids Slingshot
42
19 The Cave Dwellers
103
20 A Dandelion Necklace
111
21 Searching for Tinder
117
22 Making Fire the Indian Way
122
23 Fire by Friction the Caveman Way
129
24 Weaving a Basket
135
25 Building a Box Trap
142
26 A Mouse in the House
148

9 Hiding a Time Capsule
47
10 Flying Without Even Trying
51
11 Making a Summer Garden
57
12 Our Friends the Grasshoppers
66
13 Catching Butterflies and How to Keep Them by Setting Them Free
71
14 Finding the North Star
77
15 Making a Bow and Arrow
81
16 Damming the Creek
89
17 Kids on a Raft
93
18 The Unexpected Trip
100
27 Fishing Side by Side with Dad
154
28 Fishing with a Homemade Fly
158
29 Rigging a Wild Fishing Pole
166
30 Finding the FishMaking a Bobber
173
31 The WaterDrop Microscope
179
32 Building a Tree House
188
33 Becoming a Poet
195
About the Authors
202
Acknowledgments
203
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Gerry Spence is the author of ten books, including How to Argue and Win Every Time, Give Me Liberty, and The Making of a Country Lawyer. Spence and his wife, Imaging, have six children of their own and ten grandchildren. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming.

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