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  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (22 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006757520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0067575208
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new edition of the title originally published in 1965, which describes the author's walks with her nephew through the woods and along the coast of Maine. The text aims to endow children with a sense of wonder at the natural world, and to remind adults of the beauty of their environment.

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One stormy autumn night when my nephew Roger was about twenty months old I wrapped him in a blanket and carried him down to the beach in the rainy darkness. Read the first page
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 1999
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Few people in English speaking countries do not know the name, Rachel Carson, the author of "Silent Spring", which shocked the world and made her a pioneer of environmental protection in the 1960's.�@You may find her name on the White House official home page, where vice-president Gore warns of environmental crisis, quoting extracts from Carson, and notes her important contributions in this connection.�@ She already knew of her coming death from cancer while writing the book.�@"The Sense of Wonder" is an unfinished essay dedicated to her orphaned nephew Roger, and written while struggling with her deadly illness.�@In contrast to Silent Spring, which has been translated into many languages and is a best seller throughout the world, this essay has been out of print for a long time, even in the United States. I think it is meaningful to publish this essay again at this point in history.�@More than 35 years have passed since "Silent Spring", however, I wonder if we've listened to her warnings.�@There has been a massive increase in the effects of garbage, air pollution, global warming, and chemicals which markedly affect our eco-system, including the human beings.�@ This essay is a gift for the future, for the next generation of people who will have to discover their human nature in a world where nature has been diminished and degraded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mandalalinda on 17 Aug. 2012
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This book surprised me. I had not known what to expect as I ordered it on impulse on a recommendation. This is a hardback book to treasure. Created after the the author's death, it is a wonderful tribute to her lifetime's dedication to Nature and the Environment. Beautifully illustrated in the way that Rachel Carson envisaged, her poetic and powerful prose is enhanced by wonderful photographs.

Every parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle needs to read this book for the sake of our children. Rachel's thesis is that each child needs just one adult to nurture their sense of wonder. Nurture yours with The Sense of Wonder, if you were not lucky enough to have an adult who did this for you.

A Wonderful book on a wonderful subject. Buy it and treasure it.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh Newton on 3 Jun. 2013
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Trade in Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder for an Amazon.co.uk gift card of up to £0.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Special Offer until June 30, 2013: Receive an additional £5 promotional Gift Card, when you trade-in at least £10 worth of books ????? Is that too cheeky and against the rules? I still haven't actually read either of them (there is only so much time in the day to read, after all...

On environmental topics: Does anyone know why modern plastic milk bottles are designed so they'd be difficult to clean (with the handle not blocked off by a bit of plastic but so the milk can flow continuously through the handle? It seems strange to have to melt down all that plastic in order to reform it when it may all be due to a design fault....?
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
A treasure of a book 15 May 2001
By yellow bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by a friend some years ago. She told me that she had read this book in her youth and it had changed her life. At the time, the book was still out of print, but I managed to find a well-read copy through inter-library loan. After reading it, I can well understand how this little book can transform a person's way of thinking. In a very personal and lyrical remembrance, Rachel Carson shares her vision of the natural world and the wonder it inspires. "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," Rachel Carson writes. And 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. I particularly love her thoughts about one starry summer night when she muses, "if this (the starry sky) were a sight that could be seen only once in a century...this little headland would be thronged with spectators. But it can be seen many scores of nights in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night, perhaps they will never see it." This wisdom is both a gift to the young and the old alike. I only wish I had read it sooner. When I found the book in print again, I promptly bought it, and have read it over and over. It is a treasure that will be enjoyed for years.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Renew your Sense of Wonder 18 Jan. 2002
By Rosemary B. Rideout - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. Not only was Carson's essay wonderfully thought-provoking, but it was poetic as well. Her message is simple, if you love nature, share that love with a young person...so that they, too, might one day pass it along. By sharing your love of nature, you help carry hope that we will begin to take a little better care of our mother earth.
The book includes photographs which compliment Carson's words. Thank you for reminding us to share our love of the natural world.
This would be a wonderful gift for a new parent or new grandparent.
51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
This essay is a gift for the future, for the next generation 6 April 1999
By Shinji Iwamasa (s-iwamas@hoffman.cc.sophia.ac.jp) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Few people in English speaking countries do not know the name, Rachel Carson, the author of "Silent Spring", which shocked the world and made her a pioneer of environmental protection in the 1960's.@You may find her name on the White House official home page, where vice-president Gore warns of environmental crisis, quoting extracts from Carson, and notes her important contributions in this connection.@ She already knew of her coming death from cancer while writing the book.@"The Sense of Wonder" is an unfinished essay dedicated to her orphaned nephew Roger, and written while struggling with her deadly illness.@In contrast to Silent Spring, which has been translated into many languages and is a best seller throughout the world, this essay has been out of print for a long time, even in the United States. I think it is meaningful to publish this essay again at this point in history.@More than 35 years have passed since "Silent Spring", however, I wonder if we've listened to her warnings.@There has been a massive increase in the effects of garbage, air pollution, global warming, and chemicals which markedly affect our eco-system, including the human beings.@ This essay is a gift for the future, for the next generation of people who will have to discover their human nature in a world where nature has been diminished and degraded.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wonder, marvel, admire, dream 23 July 2001
By Mary Ann McCorry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a 78 year old grandmother. This book opens doors to nature and humanity in a gently subtle magical, mystical way. It's a book to read, and to EXPERIENCE. If you are fortunate enough to be living with children it is a chance to open new doors of wonder. All of you will be enchanted! What a joy. A great gift book!!!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Granpa's view 28 Aug. 2005
By Adrian Martienssen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We live by the sea and I bought this book with my grandsons (eldest 4) in mind. The photos are excellent and the text is inspiring, but written with an adult reader (parents) in mind. The book has inspired us to try and show our grandchildren more of nature's wonders both on the beach and in the woods, fields and our garden. However they will be a little older before they can appreciate the book for themselves.
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