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Dune Boy: The Early Years of a Naturalist
The great naturalist, Edwin Way Teale, spent his boyhood holidays and summers at his grandparents' farm, Lone Oak, in Indiana. In Dune Boy, first published in 1943, he recounts these buccolic visits and his budding interest in the natural world around him. A loner, often bullied by other children, Teale escaped to the roof of the old house where he gazed at the golden dune ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Bibliopola Press
(first published December 1st 1986)
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Go back to a time when life was hard but peaceful. A time when you knew all your neighbors,and read books to each other.A time when character defined who you are. Imagine living in a wooded environment close to huge sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan. Just think about living among animals;flowers;and a setting that cultivates creativity and curiosity.Read about an oasis,so close to Chicago,yet so distinctly different with time standing still in the wooded swamp.A classic tale so beautiful in i ...more
Cute book with some laugh-out-loud moments. I could very much relate since I grew up in his hometown area and raised my son in the dune area that the author visited each summer. Interesting, there is a house with a plaque in the dunes area that tells about the author and his visits, as mentioned in the book. A fun read.
Dec 05, 2015 Steven Shook rated it really liked it
This book by natural history writer Edwin Way Teale provides 30 chapters of vignettes of Teale's summers spent on his grandparents' small farm at Furnessville in Porter County, Indiana. In many respects, several of the stories told foretell Teale's profession as an adult. There are numerous stories and comments concerning wildlife and nature made throughout the book. Other stores, such as those concerning early flight and Teale's own experimental flights, really have nothing to do with natural h ...more
I read this book as part of the Dow Gardens book club. I would probably rate this at a 2 1/2 stars if I could. This is the memoir of the summers and holidays that Edwin Way Teale spent with his grandparents in the early 1900s in their farm in Northern Indiana near Lake Michigan. I enjoyed reading as the first part of the early 20th century was unfolding in front of him. He tells of the early airplanes, cars, his first typewriter, his first camera, and many other firsts of that time.
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This book came highly recommended by a Charlotte Mason book listing. I sought this book out, and purchased an antique copy. I should have just left this book where it was, instead though. As this book was the most boring book I've ever laid eyes on. WOW! It had no purpose, it taught nothing, and was not even written well. After reading this book, it sure will make me think twice about any book listings that include this book as a must read.
At the turn of the 20th century, the author spent his summer adventuring through dunes, woods, and his grandparents farm at the edge of Lake Michigan. Cumulatively, these charming tales of small scale adventure paint a picture of a boy becoming a naturalist and a writer.
Edwin Way Teale was an American naturalist, photographer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North America from 1930 - 1980. He is perhaps best known for his series The American Seasons, four books documenting over 75,000 miles (121,000 km) of automobile travel across North America following the changing sea ...more
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