“Adventures in Woodcraft” contains a fantastic collection of nature stories and studies by various authors. Written almost exclusively by people involved with the Girl Guide and Boy Scout Associations, this vintage book is highly recommended for lovers of nature writing and the Great Outdoors. Contents include: “The First Week”, “The Most Wonderful Nest”, “The Mistletoe-Thrush”, “The Speckled Thrush”, “A Pat for a Thrush”, “Birds that like Comfort”, “Leaning over the Gate”, “Portrait of a Lapwing”, “A Lesson in Woodcraft”, “The Pride that Fell”, “The Duellists”, The Lamb and the Lapwing”, “The Snow-White Lapwing”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new introduction.
“Two Little Savages” is a 1910 novel by Ernest Thompson Seton. One of the great classics of nature and youth written by one of America's best remembered nature experts, it tells the story of two boys who build a teepee in the woods and convince their parents to allow them to live alone among nature for a whole month. During that period, they learn how to cook food, make fires and beds, sanitise water, read the stars, hunt, and much, much more. Full of real lessons for real situations, this charming volume is both enjoyable and instructive, and it is ideal for young children with a love of the outdoors. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860 – 1946) was an English-born Canadian author and wildlife artist who founded the Woodcraft Indians in 1902. He was also among the founding members of the Boy Scouts of America, established in 1910. He wrote profusely on this subject, the most notable of his scouting literature including “The Birch Bark Roll” and the “Boy Scout Handbook”. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
Example in this ebook CHAPTER ONE THE CHOSEN LAND "Ooo-ooh! Oo-ooh! Nita!" called Suzanne Baker, as she skipped across the small square of green grass that individualised the brownstone house where Anita Brampton lived. No answer came, so Zan—as she was always called for short—impatiently repeated the call, adding after a moment's pause, "Where are you—come on out!" Still no reply, but the pretty face of Mrs. Brampton appeared at the glass door inside the vestibule. She smiled as she recognised the caller and nodded for her to come in. Zan ran up the steps and said, "How'd do, Mrs. Brampton—where's Nita?" "Looking for you, most likely," laughed the lady of the house. Then, as her smile changed to a petulant look with the changing of her thought, she added, "Dear me! Nita is a sore trial. Did you ever know her to accomplish anything without confusion to others?" Zan knew from experience that that aggrieved tone meant a long harangue on Nita's shortcomings, so she hurriedly changed the subject. "Well, as long as Nita isn't here I guess I'll run along to Miss Miller's. They'll all be there waiting, I s'pose." "All right, dearie; I have a little bridge party in the library, or I would give more time to you," replied Mrs. Brampton, daintily patting down a few stray wisps of blonde hair that fluttered in the breeze from the open door. "Oh, I'm in a great hurry, anyway," returned Zan, starting out of the doorway. At that moment, a maid summoned Mrs. Brampton to the telephone saying that her daughter wished to speak with her. "Wait a moment, Zan—Nita's on the 'phone and you can speak to her after I see what she wants," said Mrs. Brampton, turning back. Zan followed to the small nook where the telephone was kept and stood waiting. Laughter and the sound of coins drew her attention to the bridge players in the large library. Mrs. Brampton finished speaking with her daughter, saying, "Zan is here—wait a second and I'll put her on the wire." Turning to hand Zan the receiver, she whispered, "When you are through here run to the dining-room and have a glass of wine and cake—it is all ready for my friends." "Oh, no, thank you, Mrs. Brampton! You know Daddy doesn't approve of us having wine. We always drink water at home," replied Zan, flushing uncomfortably. "Dear me, I forgot! The doctor is such a radical on these little things!" laughed the lady merrily, patting the girl consolingly on the shoulder with much-beringed hands. She hastened back to her guests while Zan called, "Hello, Nita! Where are you, anyway?" "Ha, ha ha! We're all at Miss Miller's? Why don't you hurry over, too," came a musical voice over the wire. "Just because you didn't do as I said! I told you distinctly to wait for me at the school-gates. You knew I'd be a few minutes late on account of seeing my Latin teacher after school. I asked Bob if he had seen you—he was waiting for some boys in front of the gate—but he said you had hurried away with the girls. So I stopped in here thinking you may have gone home." There was a moment's silence, then a petulant voice, so like Mrs. Brampton's that Zan smiled, said, "Dear me! I'm sure it isn't my fault if you didn't meet us! Why all of the girls should bother to hang around waiting for you, is more than I can tell!" "Well, seeing that the whole plan is mine, and not one of you girls would have been in on it if I hadn't asked you, it seems mighty ungrateful to act so, that's all I have to say!" and Zan jabbed up the receiver on its hook. To be continue in this ebook
A famous woodsman provides classic instructions for roughing it, camping, hiking, firemaking, cookout, shelters, and more. "Useful, specific information and suggestions on all aspects of woodcraft." — Moor and Mountain.
This is a stunning collection of the art and writing of a gifted storyteller, artist, and renowned North American naturalist. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) created wildlife adventure stories featuring animals who became familiar characters to millions of fans, adults and children alike, before the arrival of Walt Disney and animated films.
The Natural Origins of Girls' Organizations in America
Author: Susan A Miller
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Social Science
In the early years of the twentieth century, Americans began to recognize adolescence as a developmental phase distinct from both childhood and adulthood. This awareness, however, came fraught with anxiety about the debilitating effects of modern life on adolescents of both sexes. For boys, competitive sports as well as "primitive" outdoor activities offered by fledging organizations such as the Boy Scouts would enable them to combat the effeminacy of an overly civilized society. But for girls, the remedy wasn't quite so clear. Surprisingly, the "girl problem"?a crisis caused by the transition from a sheltered, family-centered Victorian childhood to modern adolescence where self-control and a strong democratic spirit were required of reliable citizens?was also solved by way of traditionally masculine, adventurous, outdoor activities, as practiced by the Girl Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls, and many other similar organizations. Susan A. Miller explores these girls' organizations that sprung up in the first half of the twentieth century from a socio-historical perspective, showing how the notions of uniform identity, civic duty, "primitive domesticity," and fitness shaped the formation of the modern girl.
Here is a marvelous reprint of the original edition, the finest modern version of the English outlaw's merry adventures. It includes Pyle's text and his famous illustrations in their entirety, including all of the page decorations.
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