- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848870833
- ISBN-13: 978-1848870833
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 379 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,686,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Paperback – 2010
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This huge international bestseller, fully revised for non-American readers, is now in paperback. "Last Child in the Woods" shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters, and what we can do to make a difference. It is unsentimental, rigorous and utterly original. Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves...These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. "Last Child in the Woods" is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.
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Nature deficit disorder is MORE prevalent in adults than in children, and we are passing the disease on to them by rearing them in a way that reflects our chosen values. It is something like parents who smoke and drink while telling their kids not to do the same. Not only is it an ineffective strategy, it is also a disingenuous one.
Please read this book if you care about your children...if you care about grace and beauty. My poor words are not adequate to express how profoundly revelatory an experience this book has been for me. This is an easy book to read, easy and quick...but you will probably find (as I have) the need to keep it handy as a touchstone as you try to sort out what's amiss in this modern disconnected world. This book explains my awkward first paragraph.
Please read this book, you won't regret it.
As a result we now schedule vacation time to include unstructured time spent in our national parks, local walks and hikes, and --for the first time--fishing (catch and release) at a stocked pond. It was worth it to see the ick-factor when the boys had to put a worm on the hook: "Seriously, Mom?! Shouldn't we be washing our hands?!"
Also, we dedicated most of our tiny backyard for digging: areas for them to plant veggies and flowers, to make messes, and to bury "treasure". Looks horrid, but well worth it!
Luckily, there are forces at work that are planning for a brighter future. Louv explores the success that some European countries have had with greening their urban spaces. Cities across America are working hard to preserve their open spaces, and to create more livable communities. Sustainability has evolved from a buzzword to a metric of public planning. Meanwhile, educators are discovering the real benefits of natural experience, and these ideas are being increasingly incorporated into schools and communities. He describes programs that connect farmers and hatcheries with schools, giving students opportunities for hands-on experience that can prove life changing. He paints a picture of the future in which our kids (and their kids) actually figure out how to divide resources, land, and responsibility in ways that are truly sustainable and foster health, connection, and community. We have the resources, technologies, and responsibility to make this a universal priority for all of us right now. It may be what saves us all.
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I'll be honest, that the picture on the cover of the kid with the frog led me into wanting to know what this book was about.Read more