This 1896 reprinted book retains the pen-and-ink illustrations, old-fashioned font, and charm of the original. Written for young boys (from the same author as The American Boy's Handy Book), chapters go over the construction, history, and games of marbles, tops, kites, hoops & wheels, stilts, fishing, swimming, sailing, tag, ball, bicycling, camping, and other pastimes. Illustrations show how certain activities are performed or how something is made, while the step-by-step text offers a variety of games, often with regional notes attached. As the text has not been modified, readers will find now-offensive caricatures and phrasing referring to women and people of other races. 496 pages, softcover.