Book Reviews of Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Last Child in the Woods Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Author: Richard Louv
ISBN-13: 9781565125223
ISBN-10: 1565125223
Publication Date: 3/17/2006
Pages: 335
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder on + 115 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Louv claims that children spend less and less time outdoors because of parental fears, electronic toys and a variety of other reasons. He explains what the implications are for children and adults: attention problems, disconnectedness with the world, lower productivity. Louv makes the case for why and how parents, teachers and others should help children connect with nature. I really liked the book overall, although I felt like some of the chapters could have been more concise. The second addition has an appendix with a concise practical list of things parents can do.
reviewed Last Child in the Woods : Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder on + 115 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Louv claims that children spend less and less time outdoors because of parental fears, electronic toys and a variety of other reasons. He explains what the implications are for children and adults: attention problems, disconnectedness with the world, lower productivity. Louv makes the case for why and how parents, teachers and others should help children connect with nature. I really liked the book overall, although I felt like some of the chapters could have been more concise. The second addition has an appendix with a concise practical list of things parents can do.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent book that discusses- and along the way attempts- human connection with nature. The author evokes memories, experience, observation, and opinion, then backs it up with fact. Too many of us float across this planet as tho we didn't belong to it, or with it. As tho we were nothing but a scourge and that we somehow didn't belong. Louv wants to help people reconnect with their natural side and he knows people can wake up, they just need help. The book has parent tips, teacher tips, and parts kids could appreciate. My one quibble is that the author does seem to push aside the concerns he raises that adults have about their children taking a walk on the wild side- he seems to forget that there ARE places where kids can't go play by themselves, or go for walks alone. I could have used helpful ideas on how to allow a fairly secure opportunity for children to experience solitude in nature, or take risks, or simply develop a sense of their own place in this world. These are important. That doesn't mean they are the only issues that are important.
But this really is an excellent book, one I keep on my shelves.
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We should get our children away from the TV and into nature! Great Thoughts from Louv regarding children and nature