Review: Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities

Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Corinne Hosfeld Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book, written for budding transcendentalists, delves into the life and multifariousness of Henry David Thoreau. Not only was he an author and naturalist, he was a brother, friend, business owner, abolitionist, civil rights activist, and transcendentalist. All of these are explored in detail within these 118 pages. With descriptive and concise prose, the author presents factual information and supporting activities for children (or adult) as they read through the book. Chronicling the life of Thoreau in this format allows readers to learn and apply what they learn.

Many adults know Thoreau spent a night in jail for tax evasion, as he shared in his essay “Civil Disobedience”. The idea of this book discussing this topic, as well as expounding upon social activism, social reform, basic botany, and art with supporting examples and informative sidebars is noteworthy. The activities include drawing sound maps, studying grains of sand, and even keeping a phenology.

This work is an excellent introduction to Thoreau. While it is not a comprehensive resource, the reader will find informative timelines and an abundance of resources for further study.


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