We have a new Rev. J. G Wood book thanks to the eagle eye of Prof. Secord. The Boy’s Modern Playmate: a book of sports, games and pastimes provides details on how to play numerous games (indoor, outdoor and parlour); partake in sports such as gymnastics and archery; acquire skills including carpentry, amateur engineering and shipbuilding; has a section on home pets which Agnieszka has spotted has no mention of cats (were they not considered a pet in the late 1800’s?); a science section; and chapters on riddles and games of skill. It is, like other Wood books, beautifully illustrated and to keep in with the current weather the photo below is from the section on skating and sliding.