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My Contract with Henry (edition 2003)

by Robin Vaupel

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Title:My Contract with Henry
Authors:Robin Vaupel
Info:Holiday House (2003), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 244 pages
Collections:Children's Literature, Read but unowned
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A "team" of 9th grade misfits embarks on a journey to discover the meaning of Henry David Thoreau in their lives. Told through Beth Gardner's eyes, it follows her journal-writing and the events of her life, and her growing friendship with Rachel and Hollis as well as "Henry." Each chapter begins with a quote from Thoreau. The novel provides a good introduction to Thoreau, Walden and "Civil Disobedience" but isn't overly preachy. The teacher's assignment - "...to select some portion of Mr. Thoreau's philosophy and put it into practice .... an Experiement in Living" "...for 6 weeks (pp. 6-7) is a diving board for possible classroom projects. In elementary school, one might need to help students with ideas such as nature observation, journal writing, plant and animal identfiication, etc. Building a cabin, as did Beth, Stuart, Rachel and Hollis, mght be too much for most students, but a day trip with supportive parents/helpers might be a possibility. ( )
  bookwren | Nov 17, 2012 |
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A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau's experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.

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A mission that begins as an eighth-grade project on Henry David Thoreau's experimental living at Walden Pond becomes a life-changing experience for a group of outsider students who become budding philosophers, environmental activists, and loyal friends.… (more)

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