Bookcover: Texas Toys and Games

Texas Toys and Games

vol. 48: Publications of the Texas Folklore Society

September, 1997




80 b&w photos. 20 line drawings.Bib. Index.


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About Abernethy's Texas Toys and Games

Texas Toys and Games is now available as a free e-book at the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.

“One of the finest volumes ever produced by the Texas Folklore Society. It is a monumental addition to Texas folklore… None of secretary/editor Francis Abernethy’s distinguished predecessors ever produced an annual volume as good as Texas Toys and Games.” —Dallas Morning News

No molded plastic, mass-produced items in Texas Toys and Games. These are folk toys, made from natural or available materials, whatever is handy or can be scrounged. The folks who make them are amateurs of varying degrees, from the ten-year-old hammering together a skate scooter or box kite to the doting grandparent sewing doll clothes or whittling paired giraffes for a Noah’s Ark. Folk toys are made not to sell but for the challenge and joy of the craft, and each toy is an object of personal pride.

Folk games encompass guessing, gambling, and counting out games; physically competitive games of chase, tag, and mock combat; skill games using sticks, stones, marbles, tops, and knives; variations of baseball, basketball, and football; and rhythmic clapping, rope-jumping, and dance-like games. Remember “Red Rover,” “King of the Mountain,” and “I Spy”? And “Mumbletypeg,” and “Drop the Hankerchief”?

Texas Toys and Games combines how-to descriptions and reminiscences to produce a book that’s as much fun as Christmas morning—and not a single battery required!

About the Editor

FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin’ Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.

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