Review of John Muir’s “The Story of My Boyhood and Youth” The book is John Muir’s “The Story of My Boyhood and Youth.” It is about his close connection to nature and the wild. More specifically, the book is about how Muir developed his close connection to nature and the wild. He begins with his childhood. His childhood brought a special understanding for nature. He writes that “We have to look far back to learn how great may be the capacity of a child’s heart for sorrow and sympathy with animals as well as with human friends and neighbours” (8). The child’s mind has a unique ability to connect with nature. Throughout his life, Muir attempts to find a similar child-like connection with nature. Of course, as he grows older, his understanding...The end:
.....ask is probably one of the most important parts of the book. The reason being, much of the more scientific ideas in the book appear outdated. This is to be expected because of how old it is. However, the idea of keeping a balance between a child’s perspective and adult knowledge has not aged. It is an idea that I think will shape my future work in conservation in a very important way. Finally, the book was very useful in revealing how the conservation movement began. The reasoning behind our current ways that we try to protect nature are now much clearer. I can see how Muir’s ideas have been adapted over the years. Works Cited Muir, John. “The Story of my Boyhood and Youth.” Nature Writings. New York: Penguin Books Canada Ltd., 1997. 1-146.