Title: A Man Named ThoreauA Man Named Thoreau
Author: Robert Burleigh
Illustrator: Lloyd Bloom
Pages: 31
Reading Level: 8-10
Star Rating: ★★★

As I read this kid’s biography, I realized that I knew practically nothing about Henry David Thoreau’s life. I mean, I knew that he was a transcendentalist author who wrote during the early 1800s and lived in the forest for a while, but other than that I knew nothing.

A Man Named Thoreau is very short, and the font size is large. But surprisingly, a lot of his philosophies were incorporated and taught in the pages – more than I think I’ve ever seen in a biography of this reading level. Maybe it was because Thoreau crafted his life around his beliefs more purposely than many people do. Whatever the reason, A Man Named Thoreau not only communicated Thoreau’s biographical life, but also included lots of thought-provoking quotes from Thoreau’s own writings.

The illustration style is hard to describe. It’s realistic, but it also has an other-worldly feel to it.

Conclusion. Good enough – I’m not sure how much early study parents will want their students putting into Thoreau, but the book’s fine.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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