July 12 Birthday: IF YOU SPENT A DAY WITH THOREAU AT WALDEN POND. Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist, poet
b. July 12, 1817
d. May 6, 1862

IF YOU SPENT A DAY WITH THOREAU AT WALDEN POND (Henry Holt, 2012)

by Robert Burleigh
illustrated by Wendell Minor

Overview

In 1845 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. He spent his days walking the shores of Walden Pond,
growing beans, observing plants and animals, and recording his
reflections in his notebook. These reflections eventually became his
seminal work Walden.
In this lovely picture book,
Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor imagine a special day spent with the
celebrated writer and naturalist through the eyes of a child.
Together Thoreau and the young boy watch small but significant wonders
such as swimming fish, fighting ants, and clouds in the sky. It is a day
full of splendor and appreciation of the outdoor world.
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