" Chicago Review Press continues to produce quality biographies with a purpose for children with this informative volume about the nineteenth century essayist, teacher, botanist, and political activist. Thoreau’s methods and approaches were so straightforward that they lend themselves easily to adaption for children. This is a great resource. " Sue Poduska said.
" I really liked this book. It is an excellent overview and introduction to Henry Thoreau and not just for kids. I have a bookshelf full of books about Henry, his writings and places related to his life. Corinne does an excellent job of choosing biographical information, anecdotes and descriptions of his life & legacy. Her surrounding text and the graphics and layout of the book are also excellent.I am buying copies to give as gifts to my grand daughter and to others. " Alan Rohwer said.
" I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book is a nice introduction to Thoreau. There are lots of activities that will engage children in nature, learning, and charity. I do think, however, that this book will appeal to kids who are already interested in history and nature; I'm unsure of its appeal toward others. That said, there are definitely kids I would recommend read this book, and I know they will get some great information and ideas out of it. " Christine said.
"Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy of Henry David Thoreau for Kids!
I wish I had this book when I was younger. I was homeschooled, into philosophy and nature, and would have been all over something like this.
Henry David Thoreau for Kids describes Thoreau and his work in a clear, easy-to-understand, and engaging manner. There are a number of activities included that bring the information to life, making the information immersive and personally relevant. Whether it's creating a quiet space for yourself or going on a nature walk, the activities are educational and perfect for inquisitive kids.
I'd highly recommend this book for any parents looking for resources on Thoreau or just looking for activities for their children that involve becoming politically active or more observant of nature." Sarah said.
"As a huge fan of the works of Thoreau, growing up in a household where my father was a very active member of the Thoreau Society and who definitely heard a different drummer, suffice it to say I was really interested in this book!
As a basic introduction to Thoreau it ticks all the boxes - Walden, family pencil-making business, shack in the woods, Emerson, Concord, etc etc. I also really liked the idea of detailing projects that kids could do to emulate the great man, creating a new generation of environmentalists and disobedient civilians.
My main issue is the tone and register of the book - to my mind it's way too dry, formal and unengaging for a younger audience. It feels like the kind of educational book my schoolteacher Great Aunt would send me when I was a young child in the 1970s. I was hoping this would make Thoreau come alive for a new generation. A real shame. " Helen Marquis said.