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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Book To Change Your Mind

This book was hugely influential to me in my parenting journey. I loved it. It is dense, but very beautifully written for nonfiction. Everyone with kids needs to read this book for an eye-opening realization of the importance of nature in a child's life and the scary im...
This book was hugely influential to me in my parenting journey. I loved it. It is dense, but very beautifully written for nonfiction. Everyone with kids needs to read this book for an eye-opening realization of the importance of nature in a child's life and the scary implications of the diminution of nature in American society.

posted by 6281535 on January 1, 2011

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6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Rubbish.

First, some background. I am a college professor. I would consider myself a liberal, but I am definitely a moderate. I think Obama is the greatest President of my lifetime thus far. Not many of my friends would even agree with that. Thus, I am not some right-wing, gun-l...
First, some background. I am a college professor. I would consider myself a liberal, but I am definitely a moderate. I think Obama is the greatest President of my lifetime thus far. Not many of my friends would even agree with that. Thus, I am not some right-wing, gun-loving, Tea Party, Fox News watching nut job. And...

I absolutely despised this book. I hated it. Every page I turned I found myself groaning with dismay. My wife kept laughing, because at times I would shout out swear words as I forced myself to wade through the endless pages of ramble.

This is a complete waste of paper. (Luckily, there is an eBook version that wastes less paper. Of course, one would think reading the book on a computer would go against the author's argument!) It is rubbish and has no value other than fuel for burning. Why?

The author fails in the following areas:
-- He is unscientific.
-- He cites non-scientific studies.
-- He bases his entire argument off of interviews done with people that think like he does.
-- He is not critical of his own assumptions.
-- He does not offer a balanced view or counter-arguments.
-- He is a particularly ineffective writer when it comes to persuasion. (By the end of the book, I hated nature! I went into this thinking I loved nature.)
-- He is extremely wordy, and when he is short on words, he cites random no-brainers he interviewed for pages at a time.

The book was one of the most painful reads I have ever endured, and I would not wish this book on my worst enemy. It is over 300 pages long; it could have been written as a 10-page magazine article.

I had to read this book with a group of other professors, because we are attempting to synchronize our classes for a year-long sustainability learning community among Freshmen students at our university. Half of us absolutely hated this book and refused to use it in our classes -- I am a human geography prof, the others who disliked it were sociology and English profs. Others -- including the Rock Climbing prof and the conservation prof -- really liked it.

To me, this book is kind of like Fox News -- if you agree with the author's position already, you may just get riled up by it. If you disagree, you will hate the book by the end. If you are like I was, indifferent toward the position, it will be just an unconvincing and unscientific waste of time -- just like a Fox News Broadcast. I ended up hating it.

Read "Silent Spring" if you want a good book on nature and environment. Read "Garbageland" or "No Impact Man" if you want to know how to save the planet. At least "No Impact Man" didn't have the gall to act scientific.

Don't read this garbage. Please don't even support the publication of such useless stuff. Ugh.

posted by Ian_Mule on April 18, 2010

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Should be required reading for ALL bookclubs.

    As a 72-year-old practicing forester, I recognize the importance of the subject(s) and their importance to the education of not only children, but all citizens. As a 2nd grade school volunteer, I can see the benefits of getting these kids away from those screens and into the woods.

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    Posted February 22, 2009

    Go Outside!

    simple read, a little redundant at times, to the point, updated... makes you want to drop everything and go outdoor exploring with the kids

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