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Advice, stories, and inspiration from a revered leader and thinker

In these inspiring letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki speaks eloquently about their future and challenges them to be agents of change and to do everything with commitment and passion. He also explains why sports, fishing, feminism, and failure are important; why it is dangerous to deny our biological nature; and why First Nations must lead a revolution. Drawing on his own experiences and the wisdom he has gained over his long life, he decries the lack of elders and grandparents in the lives of many people, especially immigrants, and champions the importance of heroes. He even has something to say about fashion.

The book also provides an intimate look at Suzuki’s life as a father and grandfather. His letters are chock-full of stories about his own childhood and anecdotes about his children and grandchildren when they were small. Most of all, as he ponders life’s deepest questions and offers up a lifetime of wisdom, Suzuki inspires us all to live with courage, conviction, and passion.

©2015 David Suzuki (P)2018 Greystone Books

What the critics say

“...deeply personal and purposefully universal. Suzuki addresses weighty topics in a clear, conversational manner, and his thoughts should be of interest to a wide readership.” (Publishers Weekly)

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A valuable read

I found this to be interesting and a thought provoking read.
Perhaps more elders will be inspired to write letters of wisdom to their grandchildren.

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Inspiring!

Amazing book! I really enjoyed it! It is very inspiring and makes you want to go out, enjoy the wold and people around you and appreciate life and nature better! Well-written, well-narrated.

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excellent, inspirational

this book should be on the high school curriculum. bought copies for my 4 children.. all should read/listen.. suzuki's personal narration made it exceptional.

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Loved the stories

Narrator speaks quickly, but also clearly . Written and shared with great love for his grandchildren and passion for the natural world. What a great legacy he leaves for them.

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letters to your grandchildren

Love the idea of this! it helps that he's had such a rich life to draw from. I know he likely wanted to have his grandchildren hear his voice, tho he's not the best narrator I've heard. still a very worthy book.