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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder | [Richard Louv]

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

New York Times and Washington Post contributor Richard Louv is the widely respected author of seven previous books. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv illustrates how the alienation of today's children from nature can lead to a host of childhood disorders - and he offers effective methods for healing this rift.
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New York Times and Washington Post contributor Richard Louv is the widely respected author of seven previous books. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv illustrates how the alienation of today's children from nature can lead to a host of childhood disorders - and he offers effective methods for healing this rift.

©2005 Richard Louv; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    Eric Portland, OR, United States 08-01-12
    Eric Portland, OR, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great until it devolves into religious nonsense."
    What made the experience of listening to Last Child in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    The thorough review of current studies around Nature Deficit Disorder is fascinating. I added more bookmarks to this audiobook than any other I've downloaded.

    It is unfortunate that as the book draws to a close, Louv lays religion on thickly. I was brought up in a Christian community in the deep south. As a kid, I explored nature endlessly and experienced the spiritual awe described in the book.

    As an adult atheist (of the pleasant variety), my sense of awe in nature has only increased. Implying that my experience should in some way be linked to religion or a supernatural deity is just silliness and cheapens an otherwise wonderful book.


    What did you learn from Last Child in the Woods that you would use in your daily life?

    Last Child in the Woods helped to solidify many of my thoughts and feelings that my wife and I have been having. It has inspired us to work harder at converting every scrap of our home into a sustainable, natural setting for our child to enjoy.


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    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 10-14-09
    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 10-14-09
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    "Good Balance"

    Louv does excellent work balancing nature and the built environment. Obviously we have to have home, workplaces and colleges but we also need the natural environment. I don't think there's a problem building cities but as Louv points out there can be better balance between nature and the built environment than we currently have.

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    Joe Port Perry, Ontario, Canada 04-10-11
    Joe Port Perry, Ontario, Canada 04-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good concept - questionable science"

    I enjoyed this book but it is obvious the author thinks that every kid should grow up exactly as he did. He uses bits of science to support the theory that if children do not have an opportunity to build a tree house, they are somehow short changed and will grow up disadvantaged. I agree with part of that and it would be nice to think that all kids could have unlimited access to the outdoors, but there are now over 300 million of us in the US alone. There are always people who can't accept that fact that things change.

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    Dr. J Rockville, MD United States 01-10-11
    Dr. J Rockville, MD United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Wandering narrative of anecdotes."

    This book had a lot of potential to address the very important issue of children being alienated from nature. Unfortunately, its approach is entirely anecdotal, with few hard facts. Furthermore, it often wonders far off topic (e.g. the alleged health benefits of owning a pet).

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    Jonathan L. Lane Silicon Valleyish 12-29-09
    Jonathan L. Lane Silicon Valleyish 12-29-09 Member Since 2013

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    "J Pop"

    Great insight to what is missing from our children.s lives!

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