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Monday, January 18, 2010

Sense of Wonder

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, 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


I was recently gifted with the most wonderful book.  My childhood friend, knowing my combined passion for nature and children, selflessly saw to it that I had a copy.  I am forever thankful.

If I have my way, this book, entitled: The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson, will be under every Christmas tree next year in the homes of all those families in my life who share their existence with young children.

Rachel Carson, a noted environmentalist, revealing the world through her interactions with her young nephew, writes,  "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood."

This book encourages the reader to keep the window open to nature and humanity  in a magical and mystical manner and to foster a child's natural curiosity and imagination from a very young age, while rediscovering their own. Her insight and wisdom is a gift to all, young and old. Her recollections are delightful and inspiring, and quite frankly, reveal how simple, yet enjoyable it can be to spend just a fraction of your time engaged in meaningful activity, away from the electronics and pace of this new age. 

"This book, filled with its sage and poetic insight, and illustrated with luscious photographs of the natural world is a first step toward rediscovering that amazing sense of wonder within.", states one reader.

It is worth your every effort to check it out, either by clicking on the Amazon button to the right, or visiting your local library for a preview before you purchase it.  If you are not a nature buff, or spend little time out of doors, you'll be asking yourself, "Is that all it takes?"

16 comments:

Unseen Rajasthan said...

The Quote on the starting is Awesome !! Beautiful..

Stine in Ontario said...

Sounds like an incredible book!

KaHolly said...

Thank you, Unseen.

Stine, it truly is. Check into it!

~karen

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: Very interesting book and a sound teaching.

KaHolly said...

Fishing Guy, It's worth a look-see! ~karen

audreyscountrycrafts said...

That book sounds really great!\
Love the picture :)

Thanks so much for entering the jean bag give away! Very much appreciated.

KaHolly said...

You're welcome, Audrey. Thanks for visiting my blog today. ~karen

Carrie P. said...

I home schooled my children and we spent a lot of time studying nature. We had a great time.

KaHolly said...

That's wonderful, Carrie. That's where it all begins. And do you still encourage out-of-door experiences?

Denise said...

We have no little ones around any more, at least not until our grandchildren come along, but this sounds like a book I would love to read. Thank you for sharing it, it is now on my reading list.

KaHolly said...

Denise, You will love it. I don't have any little ones, either, but I have families in my life that do and this book is a must! Thanks for stopping by! ~karen

Patty L said...

Aw...

KaHolly said...

Yes, Patty, it all started because of YOU! And isn't that photo perfect for the post today? Thanks so much! See you SOON! ~karen

Heather said...

Thank you for making me aware of this book, Karen. I will be getting a copy from Amazon. I'm working my way through Silent Spring right now. Now I have another Carson book to look forward to reading.

KaHolly said...

Hi Heather, You won't be disappointed in your purchase. It isn't a heavy read, or a long book. Thanks for the visit. karen

Rambling Woods said...

I am going to order that book. Thank you for steering me this way...Michelle