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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder Paperback – Apr 22 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Updated and Expanded edition (April 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156512605X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565126053
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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“[The] national movement to ‘leave no child inside’ . . . has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grass-roots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day. . . . The increased activism has been partly inspired by a best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods, and its author, Richard Louv.” —The Washington Post

Last Child in the Woods, which describes a generation so plugged into electronic diversions that it has lost its connection to the natural world, is helping drive a movement quickly flourishing across the nation.” —The Nation’s Health

“This book is an absolute must-read for parents.” —The Boston Globe

“An honest, well-researched and well-written book, . . . the first to give name to an undeniable problem.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“One of the most thought-provoking, well-written books I’ve read in recent memory. It rivals Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.” —The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Important and original. . . . As Louv so eloquently and urgently shows, our mothers were right when they told us, day after day, ‘Go out and play.’” —The Christian Science Monitor

Last Child in the Woods is the direct descendant and rightful legatee of Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder. But this is not the only thing Richard Louv has in common with Rachel Carson. There is also this: in my opinion, Last Child in the Woods is the most important book published since Silent Spring.” —Robert Michael Pyle, author of Sky Time in Gray’s River

“A single sentence explains why Louv’s book is so important: ‘Our children,’ he writes, ‘are the first generation to be raised without meaningful contact with the natural world.’ This matters, and Last Child in the Woods makes it patently clear why and lays out a path back.” —The Ecologist

“With this scholarly yet practical book, Louv offers solutions today for a healthier, greener tomorrow.” —Washington Post Book World

“The simplest, most profound, and most helpful of any book I have read on the personal and historical situation of our children, and ourselves, as we move into the twenty-first century.” —Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth

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In his groundbreaking work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, journalist and child advocate Richard Louv directly links the absence of nature in the lives of today's wired generatoin to some of the most disturbing childhood trends: the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. This is the first book to bring together a body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional helath of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions to heal the broken bond.

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This is a must read for all parents and anyone in the education field. Richard Louv eloquently outlines what our societal disconnect with nature has done to this generation of children and why the next generation must re-establish humankind's connection with nature. The planets survival depends on it, not to mention our own.
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Every time a friend has a new baby, this book is included as a baby gift! And if it is a second child, I include I Love Dirt as another wonderful resource! Last Child in the Woods should be included in a gift pack for every new mother! Such common sense information and ideas that are easy and simple to put into play!!
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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 : ).
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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.
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For those of us already into what the outside world has to offer this books talks to the already converted.....but for those not aware of what the outside world offers it opens another aspect of life for the taking. Too many children and adults are tied to inside their four walls loosing the ability to relate to nature and what nature's survival means to their survival. An eye opener to those ready to absorb and act upon raising awareness. I purchased books for all the close families I know with children in hopes of raising their awareness of how we live inside all the time and making a difference to their children's future in nature.
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Interesting book, I am not sure if I agree with everything but I agree with most of it. I am a CYC worker and find it amazing how many youth are not exposed to nature on a daily basis or even a weekly basis. I find it important in my practice to get youth out and into nature and after reading this book I am even more sure of the reasons why. I think this is a good book for anyone doing program development or planning a group or even looking for reasons to get youth out into nature.
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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!
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