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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848870833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848870833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,391 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

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Richard Louv, winner of the 2008 Audobon Medal, is chairman of the Children and Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org) 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Robertson on 5 May 2008
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Erwin on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Jamieson on 4 Dec. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom, Co. Kildare on 5 Dec. 2010
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This book raises and discusses many issues regarding the closure and enclosure of previously open and available space in many of our neighbourhoods and communities, and how this has a negative effect on our health and wellbeing. It deals mainly with a U.S. scenario, but much of the concerns are applicable, if in less serious form, to my country, Ireland at least, and I am sure to many others too.

Adults scold children for 'lounging' around the house and ask them to go outside and play, but where can they do this if not as part of some organised activity or sport? Everywhere they congregate they are accused of loitering and asked to move on. We are developing a de-natured society that is very unhealthy. While many people who stop to consider this situation may have a grasp of this situation, Louv brings a wealth of research and professional thinking together to make a compelling argument for his thesis.

An excellent and easily readable book that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in our environment and everyone's,especially children's opportunity to experience it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Gomez Orte on 10 Jan. 2013
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Really makes you question humans relationship with the natural world. This book made me want to go out and seek nature and to reflect on how our relationship with nature needs to be revisited - especially for the sake of our future generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duncvr4 on 30 May 2012
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Gets a bit repetative after a while and is heavy reading but very inspirational. If your thinking alreday somewhat aligns itself with the author's then you'll like the book. Many of the references are to the USA but they read over to UK in most cases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Clover on 21 April 2012
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What a wonderful book, I'm still reading it. This is the sort of book which could change the world. I hope it endures through many generations, enriching the lives of children, their parents and ultimately, the planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 22 May 2013
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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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