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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder [Paperback]

Richard Louv
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1 Jun 2010
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.

'A cri de coeur for our children' Guardian

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848870833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848870833
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A single sentence explains why Louv's book is so important: 'our children', he writes, 'are the first generation to be raised without meaningful contact with the natural world.' This matters, and Last Child in the Woods makes it patently clear why and lays out a path back. --Ecologist

Nature is as important to children as food and sleep... Much like outdoor play itself, Last Child in the Woods actively engages... What Louv certainly persuades of is that in nature a child finds freedom... and genuine creativity... --Rosie Boycott, Literary Review

This is a hugely important book that should be read by every parent, teacher and politician... It's message is about connection to nature... This restatement of a truth we all know, deep inside, has never been more timely. --Tim Smit, Chief Executive of The Eden Project

About the Author

Richard Louv, winner of the 2008 Audobon Medal, is chairman of the Children and Nature Network ( and honorary co-chair of the National Forum on Children and Nature. He is the author of seven other books and has written for newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This highly emotive and readable perspective of an American journalist is creating a huge movement of people and organisations who have said "Enough is enough" to litigation and other constraints on unstructured outdoor free play for children of all ages. The book cites the need for action to be taken by everyone to consider the environment in which we live and how it impacts on our health. For anyone interested in children, the outdoors, green spaces, wilderness areas, green design of urban places, etc. and who wants an introduction to a rapidly expanding movement in North America, then buy this book. The chapter which discusses spirituality and the nature is sensitively written and gives multi-faith examples of what religious groups are doing to address similar concerns. Be warned teachers! You may find yourself questioning the value of homework and after school activity clubs! Oooh! The up-dated edition has just been published. Buy a copy now or borrow from your local library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's gold in them thar hills. 22 April 2010
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A thought provoking and integrated approach detailing early research linking lack of unstructured contact with nature and a variety of behavioural problems such as ADHD and potential ways forward. And it's not as dry as it sounds. There are lots of real stories of den building, tree climbing, cloud racing to illustrate, making it an enjoyable read. It's an important book for anyone involved in education, planning and building/space design; a must for landscape architects. It's equally important for anyone with a responsibility for children; parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, carers. It got me back out into the fields, hills and woods with my son and dog!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very important reading for everyone! 4 Dec 2009
I've had so many recognition moments reading this book - remebering things I used to do and feel as a child when playing in woods and meadows. And so many sad moments when realizing this kind of semi-wild existence - only make believe but still real for a child - is disappearing from the kids of today and their uppbringing. This is important reading for all of us who care about children - not only parents and teachers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 Jun 2014
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This is such an amazing book, and it has inspired my work for university. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase 22 May 2013
By Angie
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Bought book for dissertation study on the effects of outdoor play and nature on children's development, and am enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very interesting 17 April 2013
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I first saw this book at a friends house, and I thought it was very interesting. Each visit I found myself picking up the book to read a little more. I then decided I must buy a copy and have loved it since. It is very useful as well in my essays! :P
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