If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond by Robert Burleigh & Wendell Minor
(Christy Ottaviano Books)

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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.


About Robert Burleigh & Wendell Minor

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Robert Burleigh has written many children's 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 Children's 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 Burleigh's Abraham Lincoln Comes Home and Gordon M. Titcomb's The Last Train. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. minorart.com.
Published October 16, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 36 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Readers are immediately thrust into the world of Thoreau through the experiences of a modern boy who enjoys a day with the great writer from sunrise to dusk.

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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 ‘beans’ instead of ‘grass’ ”), and watch ants fighting: “To Henry, little things matter as much as big thi...

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