Ripping Things to Do: The Best Games and Ideas from Children's Books
Jane Brocket has written a wonderful book compiling activities and games from a variety of children's books. Ripping Things to Do is a book I wish had been available a decade ago, when my older children were little. It's still a great book for Marley (11) and Sam (7), but my other children would have loved having it, too.
Ms. Brocket includes entertaining summaries of the books she chooses, along with snippets directly from the stories. Her list of children's books includes both British and American authors, and the activities are varied enough to please boys and girls, active children and dreamy ones, craft-lovers and athletes. Her lists of suggested materials, information books, or places to go for each activity make delightful reading, too.
From the introduction:
"The activities that made it into the book are timeless and were not chosen to be deliberately nostalgic. And even if they had been, I would make no excuses. Modern children are never short of books about children doing contemporary things that reflect the prevailing culture, but I think children need a mixed diet of influences and inspirations."
This book would make a wonderful gift for a boy or a girl, and I think I will buy a copy for each of my children to have.