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5.0 out of 5 stars This essay is a gift for the future, for the next generation, 6 April 1999
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This review is from: The Sense of Wonder (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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE AND TOUCHING, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonder whether this is against the rules?, 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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