You might visit his home and observe the spare belongings, watch him record in his journal. You might wade in Sandy Pond and see that Henry records the sighting of a hawk in the journa I spent a wonderful couple of days on Walden Pond with my students. You might wade in Sandy Pond and see that Henry records the sighting of a hawk in the journal, too.
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You might follow a fox and sit by Walden Pond to watch the clouds. At the back, well-known words by Thoreau are also shared. This book will make a good introduction to Thoreau for younger children. Mar 19, Marfita rated it it was ok Shelves: children-s. If you spent a day with Thoreau at Walden Pond, you'd have to be a young white male. There is no space for anyone else to put themselves in this book. The illustrations, while beautiful paintings, are of the point of view of you watching a young white boy spend the day with Thoreau - not you.
That, or I've been reading too many articles about whitewashing kid lit lately. Jul 29, Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-books , children-s-travel , children-s-educational. We got this book at the Shop at Walden Pond on our trip in The illustrations are very warm and dreamy and the writing draws you into nature and adventure. It's a charming introduction to Thoreau's writing and, as such, needs some filtering but there was little that I would balk at if reading to a child.
There's extra information about Thoreau in the back of the book, including some more significant quotes. It's a fun, slow paced, nicely written book about being outside, noticing the beauty We got this book at the Shop at Walden Pond on our trip in It's a fun, slow paced, nicely written book about being outside, noticing the beauty and life around you in nature and appreciating a life of simplicity.
Nov 24, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: a-favorite-read.
Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to living simply and exploring nature, and in he built a simple cabin in the woods in Concord, Massachusetts so he could study and enjoy the beauty of nature around him. In this beautiful book, the author and illustrator collaborate about what spending a day at that cabin in the woods with Thoreau might have been like for a young child.
Through gorgeous illustrations, and a story about nature, children and adults alike should enjoy this book, and be abl Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to living simply and exploring nature, and in he built a simple cabin in the woods in Concord, Massachusetts so he could study and enjoy the beauty of nature around him. Through gorgeous illustrations, and a story about nature, children and adults alike should enjoy this book, and be able to engage in meaningful conversation afterward.
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The reader witnesses a young boy arriving early at the cabin on the shore of a gorgeous pond. Once inside we see how, for at least this man, 1 bed, 1 table and 3 chairs and a kerosene lamp, was all that was needed to be content living alone in the woods with nature, contending "living a simple life is the best way to be happy. They listen to the different birds and even see a hawk, as well as other critters as they walk in the woods, pick huckleberries and just enjoying nature. When day is done the young boy waves goodbye and Thoreau writes in his journal about all the two had experienced together.
A great message for young children today who often spend too much time indoors, in front of a television or video games. What makes this lovely story all the more special is the beautiful illustrations; I especially loved the map of the pond on the end boards. I've had the pleasure of enjoying other books by this illustrator that, like this book are truly one of a kind.
If gorgeous illustrations are as important to you as the story itself, I suggest you check out other books illustrated by Wendell Minor. Another thing I loved about this book was that at the back of the book was a biography of Thoreau as well as some famous quotes and observations. Here is one of that is probably one of his most famous, and happens to be a favorite of mine as well. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
Jul 16, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: picture-books , read-in In this easy-to-read picture book, we see what a day with Thoreau may have been like. It would involve observing nature and enjoying the simple things in life, things we could all stand to do a bit more of.
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While this book provides a glimpse into Thoreau's world, it does little to tell about the man himself. Yes, the book includes a very short biography at the end, but very few young readers will give that the attention it deserves. If I were to use this book in my school library, I would have to do a short mini-lesson on Thoreau before diving in. As mentioned previously, most children have no idea who Thoreau is, so this book may not mean much to them without a little background information.
If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond is a decent book with lovely illustrations, but, truthfully, I seriously question putting in on a state award list. Mar 19, Randy rated it really liked it Shelves: , non-fiction , biography. This book relates some of the daily activities that Thoreau likely engaged in during his time on Walden Pond. I picked this book up because I have always harboured a place in my heart for the bravery that Thoreau displayed in leaving town and living o his own in a small cabin. The simplicity of that life is attractive when the worries of life in the big city become over much.
I finished this book because it was short. The pictures helped to move the story along, and complemented the prose that wa This book relates some of the daily activities that Thoreau likely engaged in during his time on Walden Pond. The pictures helped to move the story along, and complemented the prose that was on each page. I enjoyed the different scenes that depicted some of the things Thoreau did, from gardening to hiking, to simply sitting and watching the sky. This book reminded me of summer.
I would recommend this book to Kaitlyn. I think she would appreciate the simplicity of many of Thoreau's activities. Oct 23, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: authors , rural-life , picture-book , word-lovers , social-activists , biography , friendship , community , compassion , social-studies. Filled with sumptuous gouache watercolor illustrations that take readers right onto the property in Concord, Massachusetts, where Henry David Thoreau built his cabin, this picture book provides a brief entry into the writer and philosopher.
The afterward offers basic facts about this man whose books, including Walden, are still read in classrooms today, while the text imagines what it might have been like to spend a day with Thoreau. I like having the encounter told from the point of view of a y Filled with sumptuous gouache watercolor illustrations that take readers right onto the property in Concord, Massachusetts, where Henry David Thoreau built his cabin, this picture book provides a brief entry into the writer and philosopher.
I like having the encounter told from the point of view of a youngster who might notice all the things in nature that fascinated Thoreau as well. The picture book contains all sorts of small but magical moments such as quenching your thirst with fresh pond water or sharing food with a mouse, all activities that children might enjoy or make note of. Dec 02, Shelli rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. I personally do not know much about the naturalist Henry David Thoreau.
Reading this simple yet beautifully illustrated book did make me want to spend a day alone in the woods just witnessing the wonders of nature. This book was intriguing and I am sure I will be checking out more detailed books on Thoreau in the future. Aug 09, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: new-seasons-storytime. A well-written children's book that introduces young reader to Thoreau.
The illustrations make the concept of what it would be like to spend the day at Walden Pond come alive. Thoreau's writing is sprinkled throughout in a kid-friendly format.
The faces of the characters were not very distinctive, maybe on purpose but I found it distracting. The two children who attended Story Time both enjoyed it, particularly the encounters with animals. Sep 19, Kristin Fletcher-spear rated it it was ok Shelves: picture-book , The other problem I had with it was that it really had nothing to do with Thoreau--it was about nature--which is what Thoreau was about, but it could have been so much better.
Dec 13, Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves: nature , picture-books.
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A little boy spends a day with Thoreau exploring and appreciating nature. Watercolor paintings provide detailed views of scenic views, flora and fauna. Text presents transcendentalist ideas in poetic, simple text. Facts about Thoreau follow the story as well as observations from his writings complete with modern interpretations. Jun 07, Donald P. Great way to show Thoreau's transcendental approach to life.
The book takes you to the pond and experience life through his, and your, eyes. Great introduction into the mind of one of America's great philosophers.
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We see, hear, and experience life in ways we would normally rush by, marching to a drummer intent on us living lives of quiet desperation. Oct 13, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Gives an adequate description of the simplicity of Thoreau's life at Walden Pond. The short biography at the end is helpful but I didn't agree with some of the modern interpretations of Thoreau's words but I understand trying to make it more accessible to younger kids.
Oct 08, Colette. PhD rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books , review-copy. Lovely, peaceful, reflective I feel like I've taken a walk with Thoreau at Waldon Pond. Children will enjoy the beautiful, detailed illustrations, and enjoy the experience of exploring nature with Thoreau.
Dec 27, Paula rated it liked it Shelves: pre-school , language , nature , biography , history. Imagines a day spent in the wilderness world of the celebrated writer and naturalist from a child's perspective, depicting a young boy who observes small but significant wonders along with Henry David Thoreau including swimming fish, fighting ants and clouds in the sky. Henry "wakes with the sun," Burleigh tells us.
His tiny house contains "nothing but three chairs, a table, a desk, and an old bed. Yet Henry has just what he needs. They recognize the calls of various birds, wade in Sandy Pond, study ants at war. It's still good advice for makers of picture books. Abraham Lincoln Comes Home by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor, poignantly imagines a father and son paying their respects on the prairie. Text and pictures convey the watchers' sense of solemnity.
There's little doubt that railroad aficionados will pore over the crisply rendered railroad memorabilia. View our events photo gallery. Search for books Search. Description In in Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau began a radical experiment: he built a cabin in the woods and lived there, alone, examining the world around him.