Last Child in the Woods



by Richard Louv

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

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005.


             Louv collects research and his own observations and thoughts about the state of humans and nature.   Here, he makes a undeniable call for a return to a real connection to the Earth, emphasizing the benefits to both children and adults that result.


Good Points:

  • Mentions TIC and Joan Stoliar on page 211!
  • Provides scientific findings that reinforce the benefits of nature and environmental programs such as TIC.
  • Readable and hopeful.


Other Notes:

  • The book describes the many benefits of nature exposure, including those related to mental, physical, spiritual, academic, and social health (kids and adults).
  • Dense and winding—occasionally repeats itself.


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