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    Henry David Thoreau

    by Michele Kotiuga
    Susan and Lisa's Class
    Fayerweather Street School
    Cambridge, MA
    swheel@roscoe.bu.edu

    Henry David Thoreau was someone who lived right next to Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts from 1845 until 1847. Each day he would walk through the forest for four hours and write in his journal about what he saw. He lived in a little cabin by the bank of Walden Pond. Thoreau built the cabin out of recycled wood from an old shack. It was one room with two trap doors. He had a bed, a desk, three chairs and a woodstove. Sometimes people would come in without permission and leave him things like flowers. Once someone took a book from his house and never gave it back. Did you know that he stayed in his little house by Walden Pond for two years, two months and two days?

    Some people thought Thoreau was a bit odd, and some people thought he was lazy because he did not have a regular job. He actually only worked about six weeks a year instead of working like crazy. His jobs were surveying, gardening and carpentry. At Walden he wrote alot in his journals, and I mean a lot!!! He also wrote a book about a trip he once took with his brother called A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers. Later after he moved into Concord, he wrote a book about his stay at the pond called Walden.