With subtle nods at Thoreau and his real-life pals Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne (Henry's friend cleans out Mrs. Thoreau's chicken house, moves the bookcases in Mr. Emerson's study, and pulls weeds in Mr. Hawthorne's garden), D.B. Johnson cleverly introduces young readers to these important historical figures. No moralizing here, just a gentle, humorous look at the different paths each person may choose in life. Johnson chose a passage in Thoreau's Walden (the passage is included in the informative author's note) as inspiration for this delightful picture book, which Thoreau himself would probably be proud to read. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Beautifully illustrated and well written.
The story illustrates a section of Henry David Thoreau's famous "Waldon Pond," in which the philosopher mused about a hypothetical 30-mile race to Fitchburg.
Sometimes you find the rare picture book that's just as beautiful to page through as it is fun to read.
I'm simple-minded and easily addled, so Henry's simple approach to getting to Fitchburg reminds me that it's not all bad to leave some of the technical complexities to solve... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Linda P.
I was led to believe that Henry visited many local Fitchburg sites. I grew up in fitchburg, and only recognized 1 location mentioned. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Denise Kujala
I can't say enough about this series. This is a story about values, and how experience over expedience is life enhancing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronda Oswalt Reitz
I find this book to have a good solid moral foundation and a decent flow to the overall story. The illustration in this book is top-notch and love looking at it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gabe
I gave this to several friends as a college graduation gift and think it was a winner! But we were all also much into Thoreau so it carried a little special extra meaning. Read morePublished 3 months ago by college
I get the literary references but my son just appreciates the story and the pictures. Great book although I don't think my friends would agree with the message of comparing working... Read morePublished 4 months ago by amy
I just discovered this book recently and missed having it when my kids were young. This is the kind of book that every parent should have and should read to their children every... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeff
Purchased this classic book for my 8 year old granddaughter - it was an easy read for her, but we did discuss the two paths the main characters took to get to Fitchburg. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Montemarano
1. It's a work of Henry David Thoreau for kids!
2. The pictures are great.
3. Historical figures from the era are mentioned throughout.
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