Walden Then and Now: An Alphabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau's Pond

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"I hear a song sparrow singing from the bushes on the shore."
--Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau was an author and naturalist whose book WALDEN still inspires readers today. In it Thoreau documented his experience living in a cabin on Walden Pond, reflecting on the beauty of nature and Mother Earth. Much of his writing, including WALDEN, propelled the environmental movement that exists today.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Michael McCurdy pays tribute to ...

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Overview

"I hear a song sparrow singing from the bushes on the shore."
--Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau was an author and naturalist whose book WALDEN still inspires readers today. In it Thoreau documented his experience living in a cabin on Walden Pond, reflecting on the beauty of nature and Mother Earth. Much of his writing, including WALDEN, propelled the environmental movement that exists today.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Michael McCurdy pays tribute to this influential figure and the historic place that inspired Thoreau during his lifetime. In WALDEN THEN & NOW, readers take an alphabetical journey around Walden Pond. McCurdy explores Thoreau’s simple life in his cabin surrounded by nature, and highlights what has changed and what has stayed the same from Thoreau’s time to our own. Readers discover the animals, plants, seasons, and thoughts that Thoreau recorded during his life on the pond as they gain an appreciation for nature and environmentalism.

McCurdy’s beautiful wood engravings illustrate this celebration of the joy, solitude, and drama of the natural life of Walden Pond—then and now.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Elegiac woodcarvings evoke the setting of Henry Thoreau's Walden Pond as the text weaves past and present in this lengthy alphabet poem. On each spread, consecutive letters face one another, making a couplet of the lines. A dark, but not somber, woodcarving illustrates each letter, and an explanatory paragraph expands upon the information in the verse. Some letters describe an emotion, e.g., "J is for the joy he felt at being all alone," while the text links the comment to the present (since nearly 600,000 people visit Walden Pond each year, "it would be hard to be alone" there today). Other letters describe the writer's activities: "C is for the cabin Henry built with his own hands," or insects or animals, "G is for returning geese that made his spirits soar." Differences between a New England life in the 1840s and 1850s and today are explained. The book ends with entries from Thoreau's diary and McCurdy's inspiration and starting point for this book. Purchase as an introduction to Thoreau and for poetry shelves.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892537
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,130,408
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael McCurdy is the author/illustrator of AN ALGONQUIAN YEAR (Houghton Mifflin) and THE SAILOR'S ALPHABET (Houghton Mifflin), and the illustrator of THE FOUNDERS: THE 39 STORIES BEHIND THE CONSTITUTION (Walker) and THE TRAIN THEY CALL THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS (Putnam), among many other books. He lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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