Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities
It is not uncommon today for young people to be encouraged to be more concerned about their environment, or perhaps for them to get better connected to nature. Very few children, however, realize that there was a man who lived in the mid-1800's that championed these values and helped to popularize the idea that people should "get back to nature and get re-connected to the land." In many respects, it was the writings of Henry David Thoreau that helped to establish and energize the modern environmental movement. This illustrated book will not only give young people a solid overview of the life and times of Thoreau, but it will also provide them with 21 practical hands-on activities that will permit them to live out some of the ideals he espoused. Activities include keeping a personal journal, planting a garden, starting a rock collection, and engaging in re-cycling efforts. 110 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
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 inWalden; 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 Kidschronicles 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.