This is a most wonderful book.
Wildwood Wisdom by Ellsworth Jaeger was published in 1945, and has recently been reprinted by First Shelter Publishing, a company that specializes in 'keeping worthy old books in print'. Jaeger also provide all the amazing and lovely illustrations.
So, what is the book about? It is about how to survive in the North American wilderness pre-1950s, before nylon, Goretex, GPS, cell phones, and all the fancy equipment we have today. It builds a lot on Native American tools and techniques, as well as the European trappers and explorers of the 1700s and 1800s.
It is a how-to-book for anything you might need to know while living outdoors. How to start a fire? Jaeger presents a dozen ways. How to skin a skunk? No problem, just be careful and cut off the skunky glands by the tail. How to make snowshoes? It is here too. Food, shelter, bathroom issues, edible and toxic plants, making buckskin and pelts, stalking animals, building shelves out of tree fungi, and how to cook over open fire - just open and read. And admire the illustrations...
So, for anybody that goes camping, kayaking, or hiking, this is the book to get them for Christmas. It works in Europe too, even if you don't have skunks, rattlesnakes, or poison ivy.
The only thing I noticed that was wrong was some of the information about edible fungi. Some of the mushrooms that were considered edible in the 1940s have now been reevaluated to 'Don't ever think about eating these'. Otherwise, the book is a true goldmine of great information. Get it while you can!