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If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond (Christy Ottaviano Books)by Robert Burleigh
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Burleigh puts a contemporary boy in jeans and a T-shirt at Thoreau's door one morning as the sun comes up; readers stand at the boy's shoulder as he finds Thoreau already at work. 'You would... see nothing but three chairs, a table, a desk, and an old bed. Yet Henry has just what he needs.' The message of simplicity and wonder continues as Thoreau and the boy row on Walden Pond, work in his garden ('I like to make the earth say Ã¢Â€Â˜beans' instead of Ã¢Â€Â˜grass' '), and watch ants fighting: 'To Henry, little things matter as much as big things.' Minor paints the meeting of the early American writer and the modern boy matter-of-factly, showing Thoreau in his trademark straw hat and blousy sleeves. Burleigh and Minor (the team behind Night Flight and other historical profiles) focus on the unconventional way Thoreau uses language ('From here the pond is like a wide-open eye staring up at the sky'), the magic of everyday observation, and the implicit anticonsumerist message of his pared-down life. Two afterwords supply more information and quotations. Ages 5 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Robert Burleigh has written many childrens picture books, including three illustrated by Wendell Minor: Abe Lincoln Comes Home, Into the Woods, and Night Flight. The recipient of the Prairie State Award, naming him Illinois Childrens Book Author of the Year for 2011, Bob splits his time between Grand Haven, Michigan, and Chicago. robertburleigh.com
Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including the New York Times-bestselling Reaching for the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin, and Ghost Ship by Mary Higgins Clark, as well as numerous nature books by Jean Craighead George. Mr. Minor is also the illustrator of Robert Burleighs Abraham Lincoln Comes Home and Gordon M. Titcombs The Last Train. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. minorart.com.
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