The Geography of Childhood : Why Children Need Wild Places

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What may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wilderness than at any other time in human history?

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This thoughtful presentation, testifying to children's need for direct contact with nature, has value for parents and those who work with children.
—Publishers Weekly

"A convincing case for the necessity of exposing children to nature."
—Kirkus Reviews

"I recommend this book for parents, teachers, and anyone interested in child development."
—Bloomsbury Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than half of American children get their environmental information from the media, according to the authors, who find this a disturbing trend. In alternating essays, conservation biologist Nabham ( Gathering the Desert ) and Trimble ( Great Sand Dunes ) examine the needs of children to experience nature firsthand. Each author draws on his childhood experiences: Nabham's among the steel mills and sand dunes of Gary, Ind., and Trimble's travels in the West with his geologist father. They describe how their own children react to the world of nature and look at Southwest Indian cultures that are closely tied to nature. Trimble speaks to three-generations of a ranch family in Nevada; Nabham visits an extended family on a Mexican ranch. Observing social activities on school playgrounds, Trimble discovers more interaction between the sexes on grassy areas than on bare asphalt. This thoughtful presentation, testifying to children's need for direct contact with nature, has value for parents and those who work with children. Photos. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807085257
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Concord Library Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 755,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Paul Nabhan, a MacArthur Fellow and plant conservationist, is author of Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy, among other books. Stephen Trimble is author and photographer of many books including The People: Indians of the American Southwest.

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Table of Contents

A Child's Sense of Wildness 1
The Scripture of Maps, the Names of Trees: A Child's Landscape 15
Going Truant: The Initiation of Young Naturalists 33
A Land of One's Own: Gender and Landscape 53
Children in Touch, Creatures in Story 77
A Wilderness, with Cows: Working with Landscape 109
Learning Herps 133
Sing Me Down the Mountain: A Father's Landscape 157
Notes 173
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