This fascinating book covers one hundred classic toys that have enchanted, captivated and enthralled generations of children. From the simplest building blocks to the most sophisticated robots, each toy included is still being manufactured or is easily available through sites like eBay.
Why do some toys become classic? There are many reasons why particular toys stood out from their competitors. Perhaps the limitless creative possibilities of the LEGO brick, the timeless appeal of the dolls" house or the comforting presence of a favourite bear - whatever the secret, these toys and games have earned a special place in the hearts of millions of children (and former children). The author presents the background on how each toy was created and explains why it has become a classic. He also provides information about the manufacturer and how to find the toy - even in cases where it might not still be in production. Anybody flicking through the pages of 100 Classic Toys for Generations will be able to see a toy and say, "I used to have one of those!"
This is a book for toy collectors, for parents and grandparents, for anyone who has ever played with a toy!
Contents: Wooden toys; Dolls; Bears; Nursery classics; Construction toys; Cars; Electric trains; Action figures; Schoolyard fun; Military toys; Games; Space toys; Electronic toys; Role-play toys.
David Smith is a freelance journalist and editor of the website Toy Talk, a consumer oriented site that reviews toys, offers advice about buying them and provides updates about new releases. He is the author of numerous articles and has written two books,Sherman"s March to the Sea 1864 and New York 1776.
• Provides backgrounds and purchasing information on 100 classic toys
• Includes an international mix of toy classics
• Fully illustrated with pictures of all the toys included
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