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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel L. Carson Narrator: Kaiulani Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/17/2014

    " One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It was originally published as an article, so it is short and simple, yet every description says so much that it really doesn't need to be any longer (though I would probably love it even more if it was). It is geared towards parents and care-givers, neither of which applies to me, but since I see quotes from the book online all the time, and use the quotes often myself, I wanted to read the the entire piece. Her descriptions of nature are so gorgeous that it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed with wonder after reading it. I now want to read everything she has ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/11/2014

    " beautiful photographs of nature, with commentary on how it needs to be shared with our children "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/6/2014

    " Absolutely beautiful. It made me think of who gave me my sense of wonder in the natural world and how I could pass that on to my children. It also started me thinking about where I can find more of that wonder here in a much more manicured setting than where I grew up. I vowed to be much more creative and get out more. An excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily McAllister | 2/5/2014

    " I love this book. It is beautifully written and a great lesson for adults in helping our children and ourselves to hold on to the Sense of Wonder. "

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