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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

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Hiking & ClimbingGeneral NatureGeneral Parenting

Publisher Price: $16.95

ISBN10: 156512605X
ISBN13: 9781565126053
Publisher: Algonquin Books Of Chapel
Published: Apr 22 2008
Pages: 416
Weight: 0.65
Height: 1.00 Width: 5.40 Depth: 8.10
Language: English
The Book That Launched an International Movement

An absolute must-read for parents. --The Boston Globe

It rivals Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. --The Cincinnati Enquirer

I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are, reports a fourth grader. But it's not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It's also their parents' fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools' emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and even organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and regulatory constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a crime.

As children's connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.

In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply--and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.

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