Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite

21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know (and Any Parent Can Teach!)

By Jeffrey Lee
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9781400048106, 288pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 2004

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Knowing how to fold a paper airplane can make you a better parent!

Well, maybe not better, but you’ll certainly have more fun with your children, who understandably assume that you know how to do just about everything. If they only knew!

Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite is for parents who want to teach their children what they really want to learn--even the skills you never mastered or haven't practiced in a few decades. This book contains clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for teaching more than twenty little life skills that every child should know, including how to:

• Work a yo-yo
• Build a fire
• Eat with chopsticks
• Skip a stone
• Fly a homemade kite
• Throw a Frisbee

While you teach your children, you get to learn the skills too, or at the very least improve on them. Activities range from practical, like locating the constellations, to completely frivolous fun, like turning a blade of grass into a musical instrument. Some are simple enough for four-year-olds, and others will appeal to the most jaded adolescent. Each skill is illustrated and is rounded out with fascinating trivia (did you know that the world’s largest sand castle measured six stories high?) or funny jokes. Age-appropriate information is given for each skill, but they all have one thing in common: You and your kids can do them together!




About the Author
Jeffrey Lee writes fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Seattle, where he has worked as a family physician for over 16 years. His next book, "Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Plant a Tree" (Three Rivers Press, 2004), helps parents instruct their kids in the life skills that every child should learn.
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