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Walking with Henry : based on the life and works of Henry David Thoreau
Locker, Thomas, 1937-2012.
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Publication Information:
Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
28 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Introduces philosopher, writer, and environmentalist Henry David Thoreau, using selections from his own writings and an imaginary journey into the wilderness.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 0.5 71212.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 2 Quiz: 34282 Guided reading level: P.
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Beautiful landscapes offers a glimpse into the grandeur of nature through Thoreau's eyes, showing how one can discover in nature Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

Author Notes

Thomas Locker was born in New York City in 1937. In the 1960s, he began his career as a landscape painter. In 1982, he decided to try his hand at writing and illustrating children's books. His first, Where the River Begins, was named one of the 10 best illustrated children's books of 1984 in the New York Times Book Review. During his lifetime, he illustrated more than 30 children and young adult books, several of which he also wrote. Some of his works include John Muir: America's Naturalist, Anna and the Bagpiper, The Ice Horse, and The Man who Paints Nature. The books he worked on have received numerous awards including the Christopher Award, the John Burroughs Award, and the New York Times Award for best illustration. He died on March 9, 2012 at the age of 74.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. In this fictionalized picture book for older children, Henry David Thoreau hikes off into the wilderness with his walking stick and explains his philosophy of living in harmony with nature. The text, based on Thoreau's writings (which are excerpted but not sourced in an appended section), is concise and descriptive and in keeping with the ideas Thoreau expressed. As usual, Locker's luminescent landscapes are of museum quality; his attention to the details of Massachusetts's flora and fauna as well as his skillful use of lighting are particularly notable. This will be a nice complement to several other recent titles about Thoreau, especially D. B. Johnson's Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (2000) and Henry Builds a Cabin [BKL Mr 15 02] and Julie Dunlap's Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute [BKL S 1 02]. It may also be useful as an introduction to outdoor educational experiences. Only one small quibble: Thoreau's trek obviously takes several days since he spends nights in a tent, yet he is never shown carrying anything larger than a small daypack. Would that we could all travel so lightly! Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-Readers join Thoreau on a walk in the wilderness in this poetic picture book. An appropriately spare text is accompanied by evocative landscape paintings in Locker's usual painterly manner. The horizontal format echoes the panoramic landscapes inside, while rich natural browns, greens, and deep reds provide background for the text. The book's accessibility makes it an appropriate choice for introducing Thoreau to youngsters and it could also be used to encourage them to look more closely at the natural world around them. An inspirational selection of quotes from the naturalist's writings is included at the end, but no bibliography or source notes are included. A lovely addition to the growing body of works on Thoreau for children.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.