Steven Schnur Steven Schnur is the author of several books for adults and children, including Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic and Spring Thaw, the award-winning middle-grade novel The Shadow Children, and two volumes of essays. He teaches literature and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and is the literary editor of Reform Judaism magazine.
Young readers are introduced to Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece, Walden, through excerpts from the original work.
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This is a lovely children's introduction to the philosophy of Henry David Thoreau. Contemplative young grade-school readers will admire and appreciate the observations of hearing fox footsteps on the snow crust, seeing runaway slaves passing through the forest, and camping in the open-air until enough lumber was chopped to construct the single-room house at the edge of the woods. And with most contemporary school children leading stressful, over-scheduled lives, who will be able to resist Thoreau's dream of leaving the rat race behind, in favor of going 'to the woods' in search of a simpler life. 'Henry David's House' is a lush, beautifully constructed tribute to Thoreau's essence, just when it seems we need it most.