Year Round Things to Do
In 1966 Penguin Books published a little handbook for children titled Something to Do. It became a much-loved part of many households, and over 40 years later it is still brimming with ideas and ‘things to do’. Each month features both indoor and outdoor activities as well as a seasonal poem and birdlife to look out for. From making igloos and winter picnics to keeping rab...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published 2011 by The Folio Society
(first published 1966)
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I received this book as a gift from my bestie who is a member of the Folio Society. There is truly only one way/word to describe this book, "charming." Originally published in 1966, "Year Round Things to Do" is a kind of almanac or even monthly agenda that offers the modern day reader a peek into a simpler time. Living in the subtropics since childhood, I cant say that I have the requisite background to ever have truly *used* this book since it's so very seasonal and generally pastoral, regardle...more
A delightful hodgepodge of activities, facts and random information, compiled for children in Britain in the 1960s, beautifully illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Something to flip through on rainy days, preferably when you have time and space to experiment with handkerchief mice and shadow puppets!
One of my bathroom books of 2012. This children's reference book is divided up into months with different notes and projects for each. It's Folio Society so the book is well made and very British, but one of the quirkiest parts is a section called "Pet of the Month" which includes entries on the usual like dogs, cats, goldfish, but also tortoise, hedgehog, and stick insects. As if a parent would want to give their kid a new pet every month or perhaps the authors just expected the pets to die on...more
Shirley Hughes is the illustrator of more than two hundred children’s books and has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She is the author-illustrator of DON'T WANT TO GO! and OLLY AND ME 1 2 3. She lives in London.More about Shirley Hughes...