By Dr. Chris Kallstrom (Grand Prairie, Texas, Texas
Perhaps of all the categories of children needing Richard Louv's
RX for optimal well-being, the plight of gifted and talented
stands out. Just one example of many: "a gifted 11 year old runs
up from the pond area shouting to come quickly because three
deer are there having a conversation. Accompanying him to the
water's edge with no deer in sight, it is necessary to explain
to him that the deer he hears are frogs croaking."
With a prolific abundance of media, every phase of nature
can be viewed through the eyes and words of Stephen Hawkins,
Carl Sagan, Ed Wilson and others by our youngsters,
but it's not the same thing as hands-on direct experiences
with nature as a crucial part of growing up.
Louv's book has been written not as an academic "treatis" but as
a "treat" for readers of all backgrounds to be reminded of the
moments of wonder from our own childhoods and the crucial impact
such moments can have for the children in our lives today.