Sense of Wonder
Rachel L. Carson

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Narrated By: Kaiulani Lee

Duration: 33 minutes

What to expect

“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…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 Carson

First published more than three decades ago, this award-winning classic brings Rachel Carson’s unique vision to a new generation of readers. The Sense of Wonder relates 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. It is a refreshing antidote to indifference and a guide to capturing the simple power of discovery that Carson views as essential to life.

The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from parent to child to grandchild, as treasured as the memory of an early morning walk when the song of a bird was heard as if for the first time.

Genre

Nature and the natural world: general interest, Biography: general

Listen to a sample

“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 Carson

“In The Sense of Wonder, Carson appeals to our senses, urging us to savor the natural world with a childs excitement, the true instinct for what is beautiful and awe inspiring.”

CNN Entertainment

“Carson’s words are timely.”