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The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The National Wildlife Federation, on its website, recommends that parents give their kids a “Green Hour” every day—a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Whether in the backyard, the local park, or a green space farther afield, time spent outdoors is essential to the healthy development of young minds, bodies, and spirits.

Todd C
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Roost Books (first published 2010)
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I gave this five stars because I am super supportive of the ideas shared in this book! The author is the creator of the website. The author references The Last Child in the Woods (2005)by Richard Louv who coins the term "nature-deficit disorder".

In his introduction (well worth reading), reports that the annual dollars spent on marketing to today's media-prone children has increased from $100 million twenty-five years ago to $17 billion today. He observes, "the signal-to-noise rati
meh...on a good day I would call this a good beginning nature program for people who live indoors in cities. The content is not new or even newly collected. when I visited the related web site I found all the content was at least a year old and out of date. So really it's just another crappy book in the stuff to do with kids genre. Read LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS by Louv, and let your kids play outside.
Aug 08, 2012 Alisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I loved this. The biggest bummer is that I only discovered it in Arizona and it is definitely written for people east of the Rockies, where there is nature other than desert. But aside from that, it was full of great art and science activities and had a fabulous introduction about the importance of nature. It even inspired me to check out the Perseid shower this weekend!
I wish I had time to read it all through, but I will definitely get back to it in time. I like the more scientific (yet totally accessible) presentation. Some books are all fluff and some are all science, this one strikes the right balance. Good child raising info. Useful resource guide.
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Aug 18, 2011 Shine Bigelow marked it as to-read
I started this book. Haven't finished it yet, it was due back to the library :) but I loved it. I love the idea of having our kids be outside more. I totally agree with that. And it is fun to have lots of ideas of how to do it.
My favorite quote from this book by David Sobel,

"If we want children to flourish..let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it."
Talks about the importance of having children play in mother nature. I liked the comments, but wasn't blown away with the book.
Good premise but The activities were too obvious for me. I was looking for more creative stuff to do.
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