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MILES OF SMILES: 101 GREAT CAR GAMES & ACTIVITIES
by Carole Terwilliger Meyers
ISBN: 0-917120-11-6 • revised 2002 • $8.95 • 128 pages • 26 line drawings/1 map
2 charts/2 indexes • 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
PUT SMILES IN FAMILY CAR MILES
Anyone who has ever been trapped in a hot car with bored kids is well aware that the world needs a sure-fire way of easing the resulting tensions. Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities (http://www.berkeleyandbeyond.com/carousel-press/miles.html) fills that need. In fact, according to one enthusiastic user it just "may be the ultimate solution for back seat squabbling."
Written by travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers, who also blogs at Travels with Carole (http://www.travelswithcarole.blogspot.com), Miles of Smiles is filled with games and activities that have travel-related themes. Ninety-seven require just your minds and mouths to play, and the other four need only simple props: a penny, a pencil, and some crayons. A helpful index categorizes each game and activity according to age-appropriateness, and humorous illustrations that kids can color add to everyone's enjoyment. Measuring just 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", the book fits conveniently into a car's glove compartment.
The title game, "Miles of Smiles," was invented by Ms. Meyers in her own car. She admits, though, that "many others have re-invented it--as I probably did, too." Here's how it's played: "All players smile their biggest smiles at people in the cars next to them as they are passing. See how many people you can get to smile back. Waving is OK, too. Making faces isn't."
Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities is available at bookstores and directly from the publisher, Carousel Press (http://www.carousel-press.com).
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