A Mind with Wings: The Story of Henry David Thoreau (Hardcover)

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It's July 4, 1845. A soft-spoken young man named Henry David Thoreau has carefully constructed a small, simple cabin in the woods overlooking Walden Pond. For the next two years, his closest companions will be the chickadees, the woodchucks, and the quiet pines of the Walden Woods.

Henry is twenty-eight years old, and his life has not been easy. His brother John—his closest friend and companion—has died. The only woman he ever loved has rejected him. On this day he has come to Walden in search of truth—not the truth taught in schools or in church, but the truth he can feel dwelling deep within him.

Henry opens his journal and begins to write:

    I went to the woods because I wished to
    live deliberately, to front only the essential
    facts of life, and see if I could not
    learn what it had to teach, and not,
    when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Follow Henry into the woods and out again—through a courageous American life that has changed our world for the better.

For ages 12 and up.

About the Author


Gerald Hausman, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He graduated from college in New Mexico and continued to live there for two decades. During that time, he had a summer residence on the island of Jamaica where he and his wife, Loretta, founded a school for creative writing. Mr. Hausman has lived in Bokeelia, Florida since 1994. In addition to his many books about Native America, Gerald Hausman has written extensively about animal mythology. His work as a folklorist has earned him many national and international honors. Gerald's most recent award is from the Florida Magazine Association for his column "Pine Island Soundings" about life on a barrier island.

Gerald Hausman is a frequent storyteller at college writers programs and at young authors conferences. Recently, he performed at the Young Authors Conference in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a guest of Department of Defense Dependent Schools. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers, and listeners.

Praise For…


"Thoreau is a man best understood by the young whose minds are still free. The Hausmans have written A Mind with Wings especially for them. It soars!"—D. B. Johnson, author of Henry Builds a House and Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

"Along with Lincoln and Washington, Thoreau is one of the most important characters in our national history—the very model for a kind of stubborn and lovely American rebelliousness. This book captures him at his most human: equal parts difficult and deeply alive."—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"I've often wondered what it might have been like to walk with Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau's great mind, social conscience, and open heart are on display in this beautifully written and frequently moving story of one of the greatest of all American writers."—Joseph Bruchac, author of Thirteen Moons on a Turtle's Back

"A marvelous blending of the many-sided life of Henry David Thoreau—known from his childhood as Old Stick. He would over his lifetime polish his old stick namesake of knotty, slender twists and bends into a character that exemplified right living and civil disobedience, both of which we are in great need of at just this moment."—David Kherdian, author of The Road from Home: A True Story of Courage, Survival, and Hope

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590302286
ISBN-10: 1590302281
Publisher: Trumpeter
Publication Date: April 11th, 2006
Pages: 148
Language: English