Naomi Schalit

Naomi Schalit is executive director of Maine Rivers and the mother of two wilderness canoeists.

Does Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods say anything new?

OK, call me a crank, a malcontent, a hypercritical reviewer with a small, crabbed heart. But despite all its earnestness, despite its heartfelt message, which an environmentalist and concerned parent like me should embrace — in brief, that nature is good for children — Richard Louv’s plea to reengage our children with nature left me strangely uninspired. As with all good ideas, it is one worth repeating, but I would have been happier reading Emerson, I think, for the lesson. Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 336 pgs, 2005. Louv, a columnist for …

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