Last Child in the Woods

Saving Our Children From Nature-deficit Disorder

Louv, Richard

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Last Child in the Woods
In [this book, the author] talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. [He] 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. -Dust jacket.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006
Edition: Rev., 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781565125223
Branch Call Number: 155.418 L
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 11, 2014
  • andreas1111 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great premise to this book. Basically the author contends that due to a number factors such as parental and societal paranoia and the lure of electronic media kids don't get enough time in nature, and that lack of nature has a lot of negative impacts.

I agree 100%, but I still found the book a bit of a tedious read. Seems like the book could easily have been half the length.

Also didn't focus enough on role of parents. if parents are obsessed with electronics and at best ambivalent about spending time outside then how do we expect kids to connect with nature??

Feb 16, 2014
  • kelidei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating and widely researched.

Feb 01, 2014

This book was recommended for the library by the artist Robert Bateman who told me in an email that "nature is transforming". He also says research has shown that many issues facing our young people today can be improved by being exposed to nature.
Nature teaches us many life lessons and if we are quiet and listen many wonders.

Aug 20, 2013
  • justslide rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I would recommend this book to anyone with children and it is a wonderful resource for anyone that works with children and youth as well. Louv speaks about today's young people and how they are growing up in America's third frontier, which includes: the detachment from the sources of food, the virtual disappearance of the farm family, the suburbs and their ever shrinking open space, the ambivalent new relationship between humans and other animals, and a generation that is so "plugged-in" that it has lost the connection with our natural world...but he provides hope for the future and talks about the change that is already in full force. He provides beautiful quotes throughout his chapters. I gotta say, after reading his book, I was truly inspired.

Nov 02, 2010
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A terrific book--recommended for all parents. "Nature-deficit disorder" might be a bit of hyperbole, but even for nature-loving parents, this book is an eye-opener with a lot of good evidence of why kids really need and benefit from unstructured outside time in natural environments and that nature needs to be infused into children's daily lives and not just fun vacations.


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Jun 09, 2014
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.

Jun 09, 2014
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.


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Jun 09, 2014
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.


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