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Last child in the woods : saving our children from nature-deficit disorder
Richard Louv
Adult Nonfiction BF353.5.N37 L68 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Today's kids are increasingly disconnected from the natural world, says child advocacy expert Louv (Childhood's Future; Fatherlove; etc.), even as research shows that thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can... be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorder and other maladies. Instead of passing summer months hiking, swimming and telling stories around the campfire, children these days are more likely to attend computer camps or weight-loss camps: as a result, Louv says, they've come to think of nature as more of an abstraction than a reality. Indeed, a 2002 British study reported that eight-year-olds could identify PokEmon characters far more easily than they could name otter, beetle, and oak tree. Gathering thoughts from parents, teachers, researchers, environmentalists and other concerned parties, Louv argues for a return to an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. Not only can nature teach kids science and nurture their creativity, he says, nature needs its children: where else will its future stewards come from? Louv's book is a call to action, full of warnings but also full of ideas for change. Agent, James Levine. (May 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Louv-the author of six books about family, nature, and community and an advisor to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child-believes that "today's kids are aware of global threats to the environment, but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading." Drawing on social studies research, he argues that this leads to "nature-deficit disorder," the symptoms of which include diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses. While there are many cultural, institutional, personal, and familial barriers to kids' going outside, Louv is hopeful that the situation can be corrected. His larger vision for a new frontier, a back-to-the-land movement, includes park design, more natural habitats in our urban areas, and natural school reform. At the core of Louv's vision is the restorative and therapeutic power of nature. He urges parents to alter their perspective, in which "time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health." Louv's convincing argument is recommended for public and academic libraries.-Kari Ramstrom, MLIS, Plymouth, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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