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2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the Scout movement. This affectionate account of Scouting's father has been written by Baden-Powell's eldest daughter and is fully illustrated with intimate snaps and sketches from the Baden-Powell family album.
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'In the Beginning was God' was what it said in my Bible. But as far as my memory carried me back, the Beginning was 'Bear'. My father had just rescued me, aged three, from a huge 'German' who had come to the door of the old farmhouse in which we were living, Little Mynthurst in Surrey. A great bear-like man, dressed in furry flying suit, helmet and leather boots, occupied the whole of the doorway ...' So begins the story of one of the world's most remarkable father-figures, as told by his own daughter. Quietly, and little affected by the continual hero-worship which surrounded him, Robert Baden-Powell is introduced. The father of the scouting movement, swept along in a rapid succession of public events, jamborees and world tours, is well-known. The pages that follow record this public life with many of the fascinating extra details that only a daughter could provide, but the unique quality of this account is its insight into the other Baden-Powell, the father of Peter, Heather and Betty, devoted to his family. His elder daughter draws on her meticulously kept diaries and a regiment of heavy, green-bound scrap-books to show snapshots, superbly illustrated letters, contributions to the family sketch club, private moments of quiet and tranquility, flashed of sudden humour, special family occasions, and the many events, both great and small which go to make up this friendly, paternalistic man. Often humourous and touching, spanning more than half the globe, this is both a family story and a public one, uniquely told and extensively illustrated with material never previously available to any biographer. Sales Points/Key Content Marketing Points/Promotion Plans Comparative Sales Author Blurb Heather Baden-Powell died in 1986, just as this book was going to print.From Publishers Weekly:
Robert Baden-Powell is remembered in England not only as founder of the Boy Scout movement but as heroic defender of Mafeking during the Boer War. The only references to his military career here, however, are brief accounts of visits to South African and Indian battlefields. His second life, as he called it, centered around his travels as Chief Scout, delivering speeches at Jamborees, receiving honors and between times enjoying family activities to the fullestfishing, drawing, painting and writing. In this loving reminiscence, his daughter captures the last 26 years of that second life, from her earliest memory of him in 1915, when she was three, until his peaceful passing in Kenya in 1941. "B-P" comes across as a modest and uncomplicated gent (his recurring nightmare: appearing at a formal bash unsuitably attired) who was a marvelously attentive father. Two hundred photographs and illustrationsfamily snapshots, drawings and watercolors by father and daughterconvey a happy family life in a bygone era.
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