Scope for Imagination

Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?

-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The best place to start is with Henry David Thoreau, and DB Johnson's perfect storybooks, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, Henry Builds a Cabin, Henry Works, and Henry Climbs a Mountain.

We built a Lincoln log cabin...but it really needed a pond beside it.

Henry David Thoreau, A Neighbor to Nature, by Catherine Reef, is an excellent biography. Perfect for young readers.
I suggest it is worth making a spot in your heart for Thoreau.
He speaks to the idealistic, earnest aspirations of 19th century American philosophy, literature, spirituality, environmentalism, and civil justice.
We are not a perfect people. Henry suggests we have the means to become better.

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