A User's Guide

By Suzanne Brown

Artisan Publishers, Paperback, 9781579653163, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 2007

Make this the summer you try all the things you've always wanted to try
Find out how to:
  • paddle a canoe; shuck an oyster; track the tides; do a flip turn
  • play badminton, bocce, and horseshoes
  • turn seashells into wind chimes; tid-dye T-shirts
  • prepare summer staples such as the sea breeze, barbecued spareribs, and lobster rolls
  • build a campfire; grill your just caught trout; toast s'mores
  • spruce up your summer rental; banish mildew; get the upper hand on berry stains
  • read the night sky; identify animal tracks, leaves, and clouds
  • handle the flag with respect and remember all the words to the national anthem
  • get back to flying a kite and using a hula hoop
  • play card games, word games, lawn games, and pool games
  • host an instant party with 20 effortless appetizers
  • become the most sought-after house guest or host
  • make bird feeders; grow sunflowers; lure butterflies to your garden
  • keep the kids occupied with fun activities for car trips and rainy days
  • organize a clambake or a picnic; hang a tire swing; pack for a hike
  • contruct towering sand castles; master the art of knots.
Hundreds of entries, glorious color photographs, and illustrations take you there and show you how.
Whether you're in a cabin in the mountains, in a rental at the beach, at a weekend house in the country, or taking it easy in town or in your own backyard, " Summer: A User's Guide" is the summer necessity packed with practical guidance, inspiring suggestions, useful resources, engaging history, nostalgic reminiscences, and the promise of a dream summer to come.

About the Author
Suzanne Brown is Headteacher, Queen's Church of England (controlled) Junior School, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.