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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (17 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565125223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565125223
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, we tramped through forests of Nebraska cottonwoods, or raised pigeons on a rooftop in Queens, or fished for Ozark bluegills, or felt the swell of a wave that traveled a thousand miles before lifting our boat, then we were bound to the natural world and remain so today. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eira on 8 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's a sad truth that the perople who really need to read this long-overdue book are the ones who never will. If you're reading this then, yes, this book does just wehat it ssays on the tin. Buy it!
This book covers so many things that concern society but which are ignored as, simply, there's no 'market' for this. Why are so many things in society getting worse? Why are people so damn miserable when they have so much better health, food and entertainment than their ancestors? Because there's something very simple and basic missing.
One thing to point out about this book is that it is NOT (To quote South Park) 'A load of Tree Hugging Hippie Cr*p' and it's not trying to 'Turn the clock back' or 'Deny progres'. It's a calmly assessed, properly researched book which points out what's increasingly missing in the lives of kids - and thus people -all over the globe.
Unlike our generation (By which, I mean, anyone old enough to be reading this review), todays kids of the Supermarket and Play Area never experience any kind of freedom in anything like 'nature'. They'll have been on trips to zoos and swimming pools, taken to other countries and seen more nature videos than we ever did, and they'll have had the whole gamut of ecological information rammed down their throats as something sad, responsible and Important, but the world of 'Nature' is merely academic knowledge, not a personal experience. They've never run randomly in a wood, climbing any tree they feel like, never laid in a bunch of grass staring at clouds or trying to catch crickets. They won't have just walked along an overgrown path, wacking stinging nettles with a stick. They'll have missed out on the value of mucking about with nature - that it doesn't include Words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AC on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This should be read by every parent and teacher. It makes the point that children need nature, just as nature needs humans to look after it. A must-read for everyone else too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Swift on 27 May 2009
Format: Paperback
As a very digestable piece of literature, Dr. Richard Louv has caused a ripple which caused a stir which hopefully will bring a wave of realisation to international governments that amount of available green space (particularly amidst urban environments) is directly linked to health and wellbeing...but then probably not. For similar theories & nature-based concepts look up Shifting Baseline Syndrome, Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach & the re-wilding projects implemented at Dutch coastal sites. Every school should have a copy to read comunally during lesson time (again you may say i'm a dreamer etc).
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