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In dealing with the compound stresses of 21st-century life, many people long for simple, uncomplicated pleasures. This book, then, should find a welcome audience among parents-and their children. In brief, well-organized chapters, Lee, a family physician and YA author (True Blue), covers 21 activities that, if approached with the kid's perspective in mind (for which the author offers numerous tips), virtually guarantee quality time. Beside those mentioned in the title, the activities covered include such pastimes as riding a bike, spinning a yo-yo, skipping stones, planting a tree or a garden, and throwing a Frisbee. While some skills (e.g., throwing a ball or casting a fishing line) may be better illustrated in an audiovisual format, Lee's clear descriptions, along with illustrator Philomena O'Neill's line drawings, provide competent and entertaining guidance. Highly recommended for all child-rearing collections.-Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.