Henry David Thoreau for kids : his life and ideas, with 21 activities

by Smith, Corinne Hosfeld, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 808.309 Smith
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  JUV 808.309 Smith
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B THOREAU
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B THOREAU
American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for living two years along the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, and writing about his experiences in Walden; or, Life in the Woods , as well as spending a night in jail for nonpayment of taxes, which he discussed in the influential essay "Civil Disobedience." More than 150 years later, people are still inspired by his thoughtful words about individual rights, social justice, and nature. His detailed plant observations have even proven to be a useful record for 21st-century botanists. Henry David Thoreau for Kids chronicles the short but influential life of this remarkable American thinker. In addition to learning about Thoreau's contributions to our culture, readers will participate in engaging, hands-on projects that bring his ideas to life. Activities include building a model of the Walden cabin, keeping a daily journal, planting a garden, baking trail-bread cakes, going on a half-day hike, and starting a rock collection. The book also includes a time line and list of resources--books, websites, and places to visit that offer even more opportunities to connect with this fascinating man.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henry David Thoreau is best known for meditating on the simple life at Walden Pond and for his stance on civil disobedience. These existential topics do not, at first glance, seem well suited to young readers, but Smith, a tour guide at Thoreau Farm, in Concord, Massachusetts, manages to make them completely accessible though activities that honor Thoreau's most basic tenets. Each chapter starts with biographical information centered on one broad theme (Thoreau's early childhood, his time in nature, his ideas about social causes, etc.). These narratives are followed with a wide array of suggested activities designed to put many of Thoreau's most important values into practice. Readers are encouraged to participate in a variety of exercises, such as studying grains of sand, volunteering with local charities, and making recipes from the nineteenth century. All of the activities encourage kids to unplug and disconnect from the buzz of modern life and express a fundamental belief that no one is too young to begin to appreciate the ideals of Thoreau.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series --for kids (Chicago, Ill.)
Subjects Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- Juvenile literature.
Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Nature -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, American.
Publisher Chicago :Chicago Review Press,2016
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 9 & up.
Language English
Description ix, 118 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781613731468
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