What happens when a kid eats too much junk food and watches too much TV, and never, ever leaves the couch? You guessed it: he turns into a couch potato—literally! In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings—three different outcomes for poor Bud—which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre (which kids thoroughly love). Behind the humor is a serious message to help combat childhood obesity.
The Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived as American Indians
In 1902, Ernest Thompson Seton founded a group called the Woodcraft Indians, and went on to become one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America. Although written in the third person, it records Seton’s adventures in the woods of Ontario in 1876, when he and a friend developed games that were later incorporated in Boy Scout rituals still in use today. The book is generously illustrated with over 300 of Seton’s own detailed drawings.
The author covers an immense amount of material, both historically and chronologically. He delves into Aztec civilization, the ancient settlers of the Southwest, the Five Nations of the Iroquois League, the Plains Indians, the “Diggers” of the Northwest, the builders of Mesa Verde, and other First Nations. Numerous hand-drawn illustrations throughout, including a map showing the distribution of tribes across the US. An attractive volume aimed at children but equally fascinating for adults.