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Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin American Library)

Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin American Library)
Author: Henry David Thoreau
ISBN 13: 9780140390445
ISBN 10: 140390448
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1983-08-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $14.00

Meditations on human existence, society, government and other topics.

Publishers Weekly

Shrinking Walden into picture book size is somewhat like trying to fit Moby Dick into an aquarium. Still, Lowe's selections from Thoreau's iconoclastic work will give children a brief taste of this classic. Using only quotations from the original work, Lowe tells the story of Thoreau's year in the woods, emphasizing his descriptions of nature,stet comma and action rather than his philosophical musings. Readers see the young Thoreau putting shingles on his roof, hoeing beans, welcoming a stranger; they can revel in the natural wonders he describes--the ``whip-poor-wills,'' in summer, the drifting snow in winter, the ice breaking in the pond in spring. Sabuda's superb linoleum-cut prints lend a hard-edged brilliance to the dark woods--where sunlight is filtered through etched leaves, and moonlight shimmers on the waters of the pond made famous by a young man's experiment with life. All ages. (Nov.)