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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Nature Fairy

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"If I had the 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,
as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments
of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are
artificial, the alienation from sources of our strength.
If a child is to keep alive an inborn sense of wonder
without any such gift from the fairies, he (or she) needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him or her the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." 
                                   ~Rachel Carson
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I am passionate about connecting children with nature and sharing nature with children.  If you have children in your home, or in your life, I urge you to check out the books I have showcased in my Amazon Widget in the right
sidebar of my blog.  I have added a new book, entitled: Sharing Nature with Children, by Joseph Cornell.
(Just a note:  If you purchase the book through my widget either in the sidebar, or to your left, it will help to support this blogger!)

Now in it's 30th+ year, this book launched a worldwide awareness of nature education, and is still a leading guide to engage children in active participation with the natural world around them.
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Through this book, and others I've introduced, you can foster an awareness not only of nature but of community and self.  In a recent interview, Joseph Cornell shared the importance of "feeling the joy resounding and experiencing the level of unity where you know that everything is a part of you."  He focuses on "opening up to a larger world" by offering an "intuitive way of working with the outdoors" and establishing an "everyday awareness".
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You can visit his website to see for yourself the influence he has had throughout the world.

And,
YOU can be that good fairy!

9 comments:

Kirsten said...

What a great gift idea for families. Maybe I'll send it to Amy and the boys this summer.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Nice one :)

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Audrey said...

We are so lucky to live on a farm with a creek running right beside us. The boys spent so much time outside while growing up just investigating everything that was around them. It's amazing how much children growing up in a city/town miss - especially if the parents don't have the time to take them to places to discover nature.

KaHolly said...

Kirsten, AMy and the boys would love it!

BC, Thanks. And thanks for stopping by!

Audrey, It's amazing how much children growing up in a setting with nature all around them miss out, too!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Karen: I certainly try to share nature with my grandchildren.

KaHolly said...

Tom, Thank goodness you are into nature and do share with your grandchildren! Something you will never be sorry for, nor they. Hopefully they will pass it along to their children and so on! Have a happy day! ~karen

Natural Moments said...

And we too can become like playful children seeing our environment with fresh eyes as for the very first time.

hopeseguin said...

What a lovely blog you have and I love the Terry Tempest Williams quote. The photos. The inspirational sayings. The nature musings and information.

Great blog!

ramblingwoods said...

When we moved to this house with the pond and woods, I tried to get the local kids interested in something other than video games. It was a mixed success. I couldn't believe that there was all this nature to explore yet these kids knew nothing about it...I couldn't agree more.. Michelle