35th out of 97 books — 42 voters
How Like an Angel Came I Down: Conversations With Children on the Gospels
"A book all of us who work with children ought to read carefully and "visit" often." -Robert Coles, author of The Spiritual Life of Children "It is sheer reading pleasure, enlightenment, insight, the discovery of a side of children many of us never see, a side of ourselves generally masked, a glimpse of history our school texts never touch, and an enrichment of our own spi...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Lindisfarne Books
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Amos Bronson Alcott is one of the unsung heroes of American Transcendentalism, although he might find the word "hero" actually a pejorative. Nowdays eclipsed by his daughter Louisa May, he was nonetheless a strong inspiration on Emerson and others in his circle, who wrote about his wonderful gift for conversation. Unfortunately, this gift did not translate into a gift for writing as well. This book is not "written" by him, but consists of conversations he had with children enrolled in his Temple...more
This is an amazing book and very well done. I should say that I know the author well and often assisted her. The book is an edited version of an earlier book by Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May. The book offers what, for then and even often now, are radical educational concepts. However, it is not likely to appeal to a general reader but is more for teachers, educators and those interested in working with children. It has as much to say to those groups today as it did in the 1800's. Here's a...more
It is what is on the cover of this book that brought me into a whole new beautiful world. The Hudson River painter, Thomas Cole's, first installment of The Voyage of Life, painting adorns the cover of this book. I've never been the same since.
Amos Bronson Alcott (November 29, 1799 – March 4, 1888) was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined. He was also an abolitionist...moreMore about Amos Bronson Alcott...