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Henry David Thoreau: Author of "Civil Disobedience" - Heather Moore Niver Thoreau at Walden - John Porcellino Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life & Ideas, With 21 Activities - Corinne Hosfeld Smith
Part of the "Spotlight on Civic Courage Heroes of Conscience" series. An excellent brief introduction to Henry David Thoreau -- his life, accomplishments, and beliefs. Includes photographs, a short bibliography, a glossary of terms, and some suggestions for further reading. Suitable for younger readers.
Rosen, 2018. Paperback, 7" x 9" format, 48 pp.
Uses only the words of Henry David Thoreau to tell the story of the two years he spent at Walden Pond. The pared-down text focuses on his most profound ideas, and Porcellino's fresh, simple pictures capture the essence of the philosopher's writings. For readers who know Walden intimately, this graphic treatment will provide a new interpretation of the story. For those who have never read the original, it will present a contemporary look at his advice to slow down in an ever-accelerating world.
Disney, Hyperion, 2008, 2018. Paperback, 100 pp.
American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau is best known for living two years along the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, and writing about his experiences in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, as well as spending a night in jail for nonpayment of taxes, which he discussed in the influential essay "Civil Disobedience." More than 150 years later, people are still inspired by his thoughtful words about individual rights, social justice, and nature. His detailed plant observations have even proven to be a useful record for 21st-century botanists. Henry David Thoreau for Kids chronicles the short but influential life of this remarkable American thinker. In addition to learning about Thoreau's contributions to our culture, readers will participate in engaging, hands-on projects that bring his ideas to life. Activities include building a model of the Walden cabin, keeping a daily journal, planting a garden, baking trail-bread cakes, going on a half-day hike, and starting a rock collection. The book also includes a time line and list of resources--books, websites, and places to visit that offer even more opportunities to connect with this fascinating man. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 295, Fall 2016, p. 7.
Chicago Review Press, 2016. Soft cover - 11 x 8.5 inch format - 144 pp.
Frederick Douglass For Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities - Nancy I. Sanders Friends of The Earth: A History of American Environmentalism - Pat McCarthy Being Henry David - Cal Armistead
Chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass -- former slave, bestselling author, outspoken newspaper editor, brilliant orator, tireless abolitionist, and brave civil rights leaders. A combination biography and activity book for middle grade readers and up. Part of the For Kids series.
Chicago Review Press, 2012. Paperback, 145 pp.
Presents the history of American environmentalism through the biographies of 10 key individuals: John James Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Cordelia Stanwood, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Margaret "Mardy" Murie, Rachel Carson, and Roger Tory Peterson. Includes prompts for 21 related activities. Aimed at middle grade readers and up.
Chicago Review Press, 2013. Paperback, 132 pp.
A novel for teen-age readers. Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away.
Albert Whitman and Company, 2013. Hardcover, 304 pp. 5 x 8 inch format
Thoreau: A Sublime Life - A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy Nature Play Workshop for Families - Monica Wiedel-Lubinski, Karen Madigan
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist, Henry David Thoreau. Includes a more traditional biographical summary by Michael Granger. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin #297, Spring 2017, on p. 8.
NBM Graphic Novels, 2016. Hardcover, 86 pp.
"A Guide to 40+ Outdoor Learning Experiences in All Seasons." This book balances nature play experiences with hands-on projects using natural materials and is an ideal jumping-off point for immersive nature play.
Quarto Publishing, 2020. Paperback, 144 pp.