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Last Child in the Woods

Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

April 22, 2008 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781565126053
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Description

 The Book That Launched an International Movement
 
"An absolute must-read for parents." --The Boston Globe
 
"It rivals Rachel Carson's Silent Spring." --The Cincinnati Enquirer
 
"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth grader. But it's not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It's also their parents' fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools' emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and even organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and regulatory constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a crime.

As children's connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.

In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply--and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.
 

Now includes
A Field Guide with 100 Practical Actions We Can Take
Discussion Points for Book Groups, Classrooms, and Communities
Additional Notes by the Author
New and Updated Research from the U.S. and Abroad

Richard Louv's new book, Our Wild Calling, is available now.

 

About this Author

Richard Louv, recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, is the author of seven books, includingLast Child in the WoodsandThe Nature Principle.The chairman of the Children & Nature Network (www.cnaturenet.org), he is also honorary cochair of the National Forum on Children and Nature. He has written for theSan Diego Union-Tribune,theNew York Times,theWashington Post,theChristian Science Monitor,and other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared onThe Early Show, Good Morning America, Today,CBSEvening News,NBCNightly News,NPR'sMorning Edition, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation,and many other programs. For more information, visit www.lastchildinthewoods.com.

ISBN: 9781565126053
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 416
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Published: 2008-04-22

$19.95

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