on November 26, 2013
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to step off the path, who aches for kids to get off their couches and back into tree houses, out from the gaze of the TV to the gaze of the stars. Excellent for parents, teachers, or really anyone who works with kids at all : ).
on June 13, 2013
Louv makes a compelling case for getting our kids outside, and does it in an engaging way with personal anecdotes as well as enough statistics to prove his case. It turns out that playing outside in nature does more for children's physical, cognitive, social, and spiritual development than any other factor. And he includes courses of action, with examples, for parents, educators, policy-makers, faith communities, and others, making this not only an enjoyable read but also a practical handbook for change. The only drawback is a bit of repetitiveness, but that also serves to drive the points home. This book should be in the hands and on the shelves of every parent, educator, and policy-maker, for the health of our kids and of the planet.
on October 18, 2013
This book comes at the importance of nature from so many angles - from why you need to connect personally, to why (and how) your city planner should value "wild spaces", to how the school system could incorporate a nature-connection. You will want to read and re-read it. I particularly have been thinking through the "risks" that are inherent in nature, and letting kids take those risks. I had to return the library copy and knew I'd want to come back to this one!