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Let's Play

Traditional Games of Childhood

by (author) Camilla Gryski

illustrated by Duýan Petričić

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1995
Recommended Age
6 to 11
Recommended Grade
1 to 6
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
    $6.95 USD
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1995
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
    List Price
    $14.95 USD

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Out of print

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Children have been jumping rope, hopping, throwing, catching, chasing and hiding for thousands of years. How a game is played may vary from country to country and generation to generation, but the pattern stays the same. Let's Play is a wonderful collection of more than 50 games and rhymes, complete with simple, clear instructions for playing. The illustrations are both silly and sophisticated, capturing the spirit of these childhood pastimes with a clever artistic touch. From Leapfrog to Marbles and Hopscotch to Sardines, there are lots of familiar games --- and plenty of new twists on old favorites. A great book for children of all ages!

About the authors

Camilla Gryski's profile page

Duýan Petricic is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. His books include In the Tree House, The Enormous Potato, Bagels from Benny and Lickety-Split. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Duýan Petričić's profile page


  • Winner, Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award
  • Winner, National Parenting Publications' Gold Medal
  • Runner-up, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
  • Runner-up, Book Design Award, Alcuin Society
  • Winner, Notable Canadian Non-Fiction for Children, CSLA and CACL

Editorial Reviews

A joyous initiation into the world of old-fashioned fun, for kids whose games are now enjoyed in adult-supervised play-dates, cyberspace, and television.One of the book's finer moments is found in the introduction, which encourages children to alter the games: “These games belong to you, too. They are yours to play.”

Kirkus Reviews

An enjoyable book of traditional games, some of which date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The humorous watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoons clarify the directions and add lots of fun. Children will appreciate the lively presentation and adults who need to refresh their memories will find this a gold mine.

School Library Journal

A treasury of games that have entertained generations of children. Let's Play: Traditional Games of Childhood by Camilla Gryski, illustrated by Dusan Petricic includes such standbys as counting out, hopscotch, jacks --- plus lots of variations. The eccentric cartoon illustrations are hyper-animated, and add generous splashes of color. The thought bubbles showing how the message metamorphoses in the game of Telephone are especially funny.

Publisher's Weekly

Zippy-fast, funny, humorous illustrations and superior overall design ... A pleasure for browsing.

Chicago Parent

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