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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns; Anv edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883220734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883220730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . deserves wider attention than it has yet received. . . an effective tool for creating a greater awareness and enthusiasm for the beauty of nature. --Today's Librarian, July 1999

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Joseph Bharat Cornell has helped people experience inner peace through his meditation and nature awareness work for thirty years. He has written six "Sharing Nature" books that have been published in twenty foreign languages and have "sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education." Millions of people around the world have enjoyed his joyful and inspiring nature writings and workshops.

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This book is an excellent resource for parents and teachers.
C. A. Hughes
You can pull out one activity from this book and use it as a fun nature activity for children which is also educational.
H. R. Thompson
Re-discover the joy of playing in the outdoors while helping the next generation to appreciate and respect nature.
Brice A. Habegger

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. Ford on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is THE original tool for connecting kids with nature.

Whether you are a parent or a teacher, you will find that this simple, small but comprehensive book will be the dog-eared book on the shelf or the coffee table...or the one that gets loaned out to friends the most. In every place I have taught environmental ed, I have seen activities from this book being used. In fact, so many enviro ed books have borrowed and adapted activities from this book that they have become classics.

The best part of this book is that it is a comprehensive teaching tool called "Flow Learning" that works like a cookbook. What I mean by this is that you can pull out just one 'recipe' for an activity, or combine several into the educational equivalent of a full four-course meal. Cornell's book is more than just a nature book, it is a system of four stages called 'Flow Learning', which very simply and effectively models how to facilitate connecting children (yes- even inner city children) with nature.

If you don't find this book extremely invaluable, I would probably offer to buy it back from you. After all, I can't seem to get back that last copy I loaned out...
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hough on May 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
Thanks to this book, I have embarked on a new career in environmental education. I always dreamed about it but never realized that I could do it until I was introduced to this book. It is a must have for anyone who works with kids: teachers, parents, youth leaders, babysitters, etc. This book was so instrumental to me, that I gave a copy of it to two of my professors who were most influential in making my first year back in college to persue this new career a success. I know it has had an impact on one of these professors! Even after being introduced to some of the major environmental education programs (i.e.: Project Wild, etc) I still return to this simple book again and again.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
Describes Cornell's philosophy of outdoor education and
gives instructions for playing outdoor education games
that work. This is an excellent guide for
educators, camp counselors and scout leaders. Some
games are designed to work in forested areas and are
difficult to adapt to treeless areas.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2001
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I had no idea that Joseph Cornell had written a book for children. This is a rare find. (It ranks up there with Robert Walser's little-known treatise on horse-grooming, or Arthur Brand's book of stock quotes.) There are stories here of hope and joy. You really get a sense of Cornell's engagement with a visionary romanticism when he encourages the reader to "let the child see into the world of nature, for there they will find a balm for their sorrows, a calm for their heart, and a palm against time." Cornell filled his boxes with the doodads of youth, and it's wonderful to find him speaking to children without any form of mediation. A must.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Connie P. Aizeki on August 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fabulous. My friend and I had our combined 4 kids up in a cabin for a week and I brought this book for activities we could do. I knew I didn't need to pack any "supplies" because of the wonderfully simple nature of the activities. I was amazed that in doing "meet a tree" where each child is blindfolded, is led to a tree, explores that tree, and then tries to find it again with the blindfold off, that the kids were overwhelmingly successful at locating their special tree amongst many others, touching and exploring each tree thoughtfully along the way.
Another favorite was the un-nature trail in which you hide man made objects along a trail to see how many the kids can locate. Even the kids who only found 1 out of 15 items(yes it's true) were thrilled to go back over the trail with me as I pointed out the glasses, the wooden spoon etc.
I would prepare more carefully for the "blind trail" than I did - setting out rules and perimeters before hand. I had two blindfolded, crying children who had accidentally been walked into a tree or led off of a fallen log by their inexperienced partner.
This book is one of my all time favorites despite any mishaps. I can't think of a better book to help you get children excited about being outside with the birds and the trees.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Billie Jo Kariher-dyer on April 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is filled wth great ideas on giving children memorable experiences in Nature. I myself am a nature docent and I know from experience that if you try to lecture to children out in nature you just have a lot of kids not listening. If you give them an experience you will give them something that they will always refer back to for the rest of their life. I highly recommend the methods used in this book.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on May 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have worked in outdoor environmental education, so many of the activities suggested in this book were known to me prior to reading it. Therefore, I was a little disappointed in the book b/c I had hoped to get fresh ideas. I would reccommend this book to any and all parents/teachers who have not worked in EE. These activities are the standard in teaching kids/adults about nature. I look forward to reading Sharing Nature with Children II, which I have also purchased. I feel it will have new activities to inspire me and many others who love nature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
An essential book for any educator, but especially for environmental education. Also good for parents and others who work with children. A way to let them discover the wonders of nature, even in a city.
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