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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth considering for our quality of life and that of our children, 5 Dec. 2010
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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