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Noah's Children: Restoring The Ecology Of Childhood

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Sara Stein interweaves her own observations with those of linguists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists to reveal the world through the eyes of a child -- illuminating the features that their nature leads them to expect (but that contemporary life often disappoints): a place they will come to know intimately through their own explorations, a chance to develop r ...more
Published June 1st 2001 by North Point Press
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The importance of children developing an intimate relationship with nature through free exploration, as well as the wild nature of children, which adults tend to smother.
One idea I gleaned from this book:
Unlike more primitive cultures throughout history, we have created a separate "Kidworld", even though they long to experience the real world/adult world. We need to allow them to work/play alongside us--even teach young children how to cook and use knives, etc. This is so deeply fulfilling and b
Sandy D.
"Noah's Children" had some very good parts, but it wasn't nearly as focused as Stein's earlier books. There was lots of philosophical rambling on evolutionary biology, environmental history, children's development, gender differences, and Stein's personal history. Her sons, grandchildren, nieces & nephews, & neighbors' kids all got used as examples of various things, and some of the descriptions weren't too flattering. I couldn't help but think these people were not exactly thrilled at b ...more
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The principles in "Noah's Children" about raising children to be authentic human beings, immersed in nature in ways very few seem to know how to do, includes recipes from wild edibles! and shares tales with wonderful childhood experiences and examples.

However, and this rarely happens, I had a hard time following the author as the flow of writing was not a good match for me. This was a frustration since I really wanted to take in all the wisdom and information Sara Stein has to share, a rich sour
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got about 2/3 of the way through this book and then had to return it to the library. I really liked it though, and will be putting it on hold again. It is very anecdotal and not so researched, but the writing is nice and I love the ideas.
Mar 25, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this is fitting right now as I develop my own theories about how to educate in a classroom incorporating nature into the lives of children who so often have not developed a relationship with it.
Jul 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting because it looks at cultural changes in our society's mentality over the years. I liked it, but not my favorite of Stein's.
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Sara Bonnett Stein wrote books for children, some on sensitive subjects, such as divorce and death. She was also involved in toy design and native plant gardening, and wrote on ecology.
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