Subtitle: Why Children Need Wild Places
Length: 184 pages
Interest: It was mentioned on one of the blogs that I read (I really should start keeping track of who mentions them – but I put it on my reading list and get around to reading it so much later that I usually forget the initial impetus to read it). I put it on my reading list based solely on the title.
Summary: The author’s provide a series of essays describing the importance of nature in a child’s life. Small places generally are more attractive to kids. They tend to be collectors of things and can grow in maturity by living in nature.
Final thoughts: Nothing too earth-shattering in the book. It really just emphasized what I already knew – kids need time to play, preferably in natural areas, and they gain more knowledge about themselves and how to interact with the world around them when they are able to play in those natural areas. This is one of the books that drove me to rekindle our Outdoor Adventure Group, and focus more on exploring natural areas regularly. (The other book was Last Child in the Woods, which I reviewed here.)
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