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Sunday, 6 January 2013

Review: Unbored - The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

This is a terrific book full of activities, ideas, information and instructions on how to teach kids to be imaginative and independent in their choice of ideas. It also shows kids how to encourage parents to do things with them. Although the book is of American origin, the ideas, suggestions etc. are easily adjusted to any environment and applied to anything anywhere.

There is so much in this book. It appears to be as indispensible and invaluable as William J. Bennett’s The Book of Virtues which, with its marvellous collection of readings that support and enhance an ethical approach to life.

This book also supports an ethical, inspiring and self sustaining way of life. Its contents are filled with subtle psychology and incredible life skills. It enables the renewal of the imagination and encourages activities far away from the electronic gadgets that fill today’s life. How long has it been since you or your child learnt to recite a clapping game, or used what you have to make what you want? This is an excursion into creativity; a journey into new and exciting things.

A great many contributors and a variety of resources have been employed in the making of this book, which is complied of 352 pages with a durable hard cover. Just as well, for this will be a much-used, much loved possession; a book no one will ever part with once they have owned it.

- this review by Anastasia Gonis

Title: Unbored - The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Author: Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Joshua Glenn & Tony Leone
Illustrator: Mister Reusch & Heather Kasunick
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date:  November 2012
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781608196418
For ages:  10+ years
Type: Activity book

1 comment:

  1. Susan,This appears to be really a great book, especially for kids. I guess this book has a great potential to become bible for the parents. I am a parent and like many other parents, some times I find it tough to keep with my kid's energy. Most of the time, I find them indulging in one destructive activity after another. My response is typical of a parent, constant yelling and reprimanding them.

    Most of us do not realize that children have abundant energy levels and we as a parent have a responsibility to channelize that energy constructively.

    I think this book can help parents to introduce their kids to lots of constructive activities, help them make their independent choices and develop a better bond with them.

    Not only that, this book can turn out extremely crucial in helping parents to help enhance the IQ of their kids, help them become stronger and confident individuals later in life.

    We must realize that schools can only help kids up to a certain extent,its us the parents, who are the greatest teacher our kids can have.

    So next time whenever we get irritated by our kids antics, we must suppress the urge to go ballistic at them, but try to find constructive ways to engage them as this book seems to suggest.

    Jeff Rivera

    Bestselling Author




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