The Sense of Wonder First published than three decades ago this reissue of Rachel Carson s award winning classic brings her unique vision to a new generation of readers Stunning new photographs by Nick Kelsh beautifully

  • Title: The Sense of Wonder
  • Author: Rachel Carson Charles Pratt Nick Kelsh Linda Lear
  • ISBN: 9780067575208
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • First published than three decades ago, this reissue of Rachel Carson s award winning classic brings her unique vision to a new generation of readers Stunning new photographs by Nick Kelsh beautifully complement Carson s intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, Roger, as they enjoy walks along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fFirst published than three decades ago, this reissue of Rachel Carson s award winning classic brings her unique vision to a new generation of readers Stunning new photographs by Nick Kelsh beautifully complement Carson s intimate account of adventures with her young nephew, Roger, as they enjoy walks along the rocky coast of Maine and through dense forests and open fields, observing wildlife, strange plants, moonlight and storm clouds, and listening to the living music of insects in the underbrush If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder Writes Carson, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in The Sense of Wonder is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.In her insightful new introduction, Linda Lear remembers Rachel Carson s groundbreaking achievements in the context of the legendary environmentalist s personal commitment to introducing young and old to the miracles of nature.Kelsh s lush photographs inspire sensual, tactile reactions masses of leaves floating in a puddle are just waiting to be scooped up and examined closely An image of a narrow path through the trees evokes the earthy scent of the woods after a summer rain Close ups of mosses and miniature lichen fantasy lands will spark innocent as well as jaded imaginations Like a curious child studying things underfoot and within reach, Kelsh s camera is drawn to patterns in nature that too often elude hurried adults a stand of beech trees in the springtime, patches of melting snow and the ripples from a pebble tossed into a slow moving stream.The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from children to grandchildren, as treasured as the memory of an early morning walk when the song of a whippoorwill was heard as if for the first time.

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    1. I read this as I sat outside at the playground on a 65-degree January day. It doesn't seem right to read it inside. Carson's writing is so beautiful, and her descriptions of things as minute as green aphids and sand dollars are so majestic that the book made me want to pay much closer attention to everything around me. The Sense of Wonder is about helping children to see the magic in nature so that when they are older they'll want to learn more about it.

    2. This is written to/about her nephew & the sense of wonder she enjoyed with him exploring nature when he was a child. According to the forward, she intended to expand on it, but I'm glad she didn't. She repeated herself a bit as it was. Excellent advice on introducing a child to nature, though. Something every adult who guides a child should read.

    3. "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."- Rachel Carson"If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."—Rachel CarsonVan Morrison’s “A Sense of [...]

    4. A very short memoir that Ms Carson intended to expand but death came before she could. She describes her days and weeks on the Maine seashore and the wonder she felt examining rocks, sand, crabs, stars, clouds. She tries to instill in the reader the responsibility adults have to help children discover the wonder around them. I wish I had read it as a young father. This book is hard to find, but, has it a paper back and Kindle.

    5. I encountered the work of Rachel Carson when I was 16 years old. I was both moved and inspired by her book Silent Spring that explored issues of the toxic impact of man-made chemicals within the human environment. In the Sense of Wonder the reader encounters a uniquely poetic side of this forward thinking and spot on 20th century scientist.

    6. Chills of DelightRachel Carson is a master of capturing the reader's attention and holding it while filling them with a yearning for a deep relationship with the natural world. Her writing is simple, unassuming and accessible to a young and open mind as well as an older steadfast hardened reader.As she strives to instill a lifelong love affair for discovery into young Rodger, she does likewise for the reader fortunate enough to tag along.A short and simple work worthy of any reader's time.

    7. caught this on Audible's new "Channels" feature. It was a lovely memoir from Carson about her walks with her young nephew, starting at around 2years old.

    8. This is an excellent book to give as a family gift. I recieved it as a baby shower present and was delighted with it.

    9. This is very short but says so much about teaching a child by just being with them, exploring together, allowing them to ask questions - don't fill their heads with facts (necessarily), but with a sense of wonder. Beautifully written. Will have to read more by Carson.

    10. Absolutely beautiful. It made me think of who gave me my sense of wonder in the natural world and how I could pass that on to my children. It also started me thinking about where I can find more of that wonder here in a much more manicured setting than where I grew up. I vowed to be much more creative and get out more. An excellent book.

    11. Rachel Carson is one of my personal heroes and I really loved her short ode to experiencing nature with children. It’s sentimental and heartfelt, but never sloppy: “One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’ It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century or even once in a human generation, this little headland would be thronged with spectators. [...]

    12. Rachel Carson speaks with compassion in this short piece, capturing her emotional responses from her observations in nature. She describes our place among nature, using a poetic voice reminiscent of the late Carl Sagan (e.g Cosmos) or Aldo Leopold. She explains a growing problem in our society as we become more dependent upon technology; we tend to forget our need to appreciate the outdoors. This piece is directed toward those not already enamored with nature, to urge them out and away from tech [...]

    13. A book beautiful in ideas and photography. Within are ideas easily employed by any nature novice as well as an expert who wishes to encourage a wider and deeper love of the world outside our window. Rachel Carson's wording is not lofty or patronizing. Her examples fill an unsure but willing parent with confidence that it is not in naming constellations where the wonder of the stars begins. She remarks on the beauty and magic of being out of doors in what can be referred to as "unseasonable" weat [...]

    14. A sweet and in its way important little book, a book about simply opening one's senses to the wonders that can be found in nature, The Sense of Wonder is not only about the sense that is natural in young people but also about maintaining that sense into and throughout adulthood. The words by Rachel Carson are much simpler that her writing in Silent Spring and, in fact, this is a book one could read in a leisurely half an hour. It's only weakness is that, at least in this edition that I read, pub [...]

    15. Need a vacation but it isn't vacation time yet? Lose yourself in this magnficent book - a gift from a pre-internet generation citizen to ours. The city and civilization seems far away in Rachel Carson's memoir about sharing nature with a young child, in this case, her grand nephew, Roger. I especially appreciated that when the photographer, Nick Kelsh, came upon Rachel Carson's text about how to create wonder and awe in a child for nature, he instantly wanted to bring it to life for a new genera [...]

    16. Rachel Carson, one of the science writers who kick-started North America's environmental awareness, writes this short (really short) book about introducing a young child to the wonders of the natural world on the coast of Maine. It's simple, direct, and inspirational. It brought me back to my own exploring as a child, and the joy of discovery in a pond or field. Recommended for those who need the occasional reminder that it's a big, beautiful world out there.

    17. 3 stars - as with all rachel carson writing, i enjoyed it, but you can definitely tell this was unfished. i wish this was a full fleshed out book as i enjoyed the premise of it, it made me think about how i view nature and how that has changed from how i viewed it as a little kid. my mom gifted me this book but she hasn't read it yet, so i am excited for her to read and see what she thinks, considering it is for parents and children.

    18. This book is incredibly special and never more relevant. So prescient in its acknowledgement of man's loss of appreciation of nature, it could have been written yesterday.I shall treasure this book forever, recommend it to everyone (especially family and friends), and attempt to live by it's values.It'll only take you 25 minutes, but it might have a huge effect on your wellbeing.

    19. I needed to read this book at this moment. Always happiest when outdoors and when sadness creeps in and I feel depressed I can see the disconnect between me and nature. A book filled with beautiful ideas, stories and photographs.

    20. A beautiful and timeless piece on how to instil a love of nature in a child. Few things could be more important, and yet sadly it is something very few of us think about, let alone take time to do. The edition I read has included some amazing photographs by Nick Kelsh.

    21. very short, really only a single essay story with some nice pictures. it's sweet, but I probably wouldn't specifically recommend it.

    22. 3.5 starsNice, but so short there just wasn't as much to it as I'd hoped (many pages were photographs). I'm definitely interested in reading more by Rachel Carson.

    23. Tripped on the roots after tasting the fruits: I've previously read books citing this one as inspiring and influential that were themselves much more inspiring and influential.

    24. This is a wonderful book not just for anyone who loves Rachel Carson's beautiful prose, but for anyone who is looking for some guidance on how to introduce the little ones to the natural world. It's a short read that will leave you quite literally, yearning to cultivate the sense of wonder you have for the world and everything in it.

    25. The Sense of Wonder is an essay by Rachel Carson encouraging adults to help kids maintain their sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world as they grow into adults. She recounts some adventures she has outdoors exploring with her young nephew, the questions he asks, the things they observe, and the things they try to understand. In the edition I read, the essay was accompanied by photographs (from the 60s) of the natural world.I absolutely loved this book. Carson is an incredible writ [...]

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