Sunday, April 22, 2007

Letting Boys Be Boys

Every once in a while some good news makes its way into my computer....I just read about a book written just for boys that sounds wonderful (it's already a hit in Britain). And despite the atmosphere of feminized manhood that's been pushed for years in some segments of our society (including the public schools), this book celebrates boys and encourages them to be boys.

It's called The Dangerous Book for Boys, and it's full of all sorts of adventuresome ideas for boys, the kinds of things boys used to do before the advent of television, video games, and feminists who believed boys should be the same as girls. Written by two adult brothers, it is a how-to manual for creating your own fun while learning about the world. It has instructions for everything from tying knots and learning about fossils to building treehouses and making go-carts. There are also the scary things boys love, such as learning how to make batteries, timers and trip-wires (watch your step before you get near that new treehouse!)

The book also includes stories from history, scientific information and even the Ten Commandments. I'm guessing this book will be a big hit with homeschooling parents, who already appreciate materials that encourage kids to learn about the world around them.

7 comments:

Janet said...

Hmmm....I've never heard of this book, but I think I'll look it up. The more dangerous the better, for my kiddos.....:-)

Iva said...

The Pearls are really big on letting boys be boys and in fact, wrote about the emasculation of society and the church. I think I might have to check this book out.

KarenW said...

Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for sharing!

Kaber said...

Sounds GREAT! I will have to check it out!

-Kimberly (homeschooling 3 fun boys)

Yellow House Homeschool said...

Yes, it's a popular book in the UK - amongst parents of both sexes, but mostly as light reading for adults. Having looked at it, I would say it is intended as a mixture of comic humour, as it deliberately pastiches the Boy's Own Adventure thing, and stuff you could really do.

Redbud said...

"It's not exactly that we are excluding girls, but we wanted to celebrate boys, because nobody has been doing it for a long while," he said.

Amen!

Bunny Trails said...

I came across this at Costco the other day and had to pick it up. The boys were promptly creating paper airplanes the next morning. No requests for building a battery, though. :)

Thanks for the recommendation.