Author: Rachel Carson
Publisher: Open Road Media
An inspiring meditation on the outdoors, with color photographs, by the legendary nature writer and New York Times–bestselling author of Silent Spring. Rachel Carson shares her prescription for developing a lifelong respect for nature in this deeply personal essay, lavishly expanded and paced by Nick Kelsh’s vibrant photography in this posthumously published edition. Using her personal adventures with her young nephew Roger as examples, Carson urges parents to let their children’s natural excitement thrive as together they discover the wonders that lie outdoors, from the scuttling of a crab across the cool night sand to a spongy carpet of lichen in a forest. Originally published as a magazine piece, this essay showcases Carson’s core belief that a childlike excitement for beauty, for the new and unknown, and for the process of discovery is a gift to be nurtured—a gift that will sustain humanity and the health of the planet on which it depends. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rachel Carson including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
On Reading and Writing Books for Children
Author: Katherine Paterson
Publisher: N A L Trade
"Anyone familiar with children's literature knows the gifted pen of award-winning Katherine Paterson. Sales of her books are in the millions, and the list of coveted awards they have garnered - including two Newbery Medals, two National Book Awards, and the Regina Medal - is remarkable." "A Sense of Wonder is a collection of more than three dozen critical essays on reading and writing for children that were originally published as two books, Gates of Excellence and The Spying Heart. Combined for the first time in one volume with a new introduction, these writings come from speeches Katherine Paterson has given all over the world, from her book reviews, and from articles she has authored on her craft. Her trademark wit, imagination, and perception are in full evidence; she reveals why she remembers being kissed by Miss Maude Henderson, the last person ever kissed by General Robert E. Lee; relates the heartbreaking source of her novel Bridge to Terabithia; and describes her dismay at failing as a foster parent to two Cambodian boys. Most of all, this extraordinary writer shares her ideas about writing for children, tells of her passion for reading, and allows us to witness her talent. Teachers, writers, students, parents, librarians - anyone who reads Katherine Paterson's essays - will come away with an expanded vision and a sense of her deep respect for words, ideas, literature, and people."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons
Author: Rick Van Noy
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
The technology boom of recent years has given kids numerous reasons to stay inside and play, while parents' increasing safety concerns make it tempting to keep children close to home. But what is being lost as fewer kids spend their free time outdoors? Deprived of meaningful contact with nature, children often fail to develop a significant relationship with the natural world, much less a sense of reverence and respect for the world outside their doors. A Natural Sense of Wonder is one father's attempt to seek alternatives to the "flickering waves of TV and the electrifying boing of video games" and get kids outside and into nature. In the spirit of Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder, Rick Van Noy journeys out of his suburban home with his children and describes the pleasures of walking in a creek, digging for salamanders, and learning to appreciate vultures. Through these and other "walks to school," the Van Noys discover what lives nearby, what nature has to teach, and why this matters. From the backyard to the hiking trail, in a tide pool and a tree house, in the wild and in town, these narrative essays explore the terrain of childhood threatened by the lure of computers and television, by fear and the loss of play habitat, showing how kids thrive in their special places. In chronicling one parent's determination (and at times frustration) to get his kids outside, A Natural Sense of Wonder suggests ways kids both young and old can experience the wonder found only in the natural world.
What Happened to the Sense of Wonder I Felt as a Child?
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Osho Life Essentials series focuses on the most important questions in the life of the individual. Each volume contains timeless and always-contemporary investigations and discussions into questions vital to our personal search for meaning and purpose. The Osho Life Essentials series focuses on questions specific to our inner life and quality of existence, for example: Is it possible to have an authentic spirituality without a belief in God? What is meditation and how does it work? What can I do as an individual to make the world a better place? The third title in this dynamic and exciting series, Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder, looks to each person's last state of innocence--childhood--to recover the ability to truly be curious. Osho discusses why it is important to look to our "inner child" and how it can help you understand the person you have become. Each title in the Osho Life Essential series is accompanied by a DVD of Osho speaking about the questions addressed in the book. This visual component enables the reader to experience the direct wisdom and humor of Osho straight from the source. Each book and DVD in the OSHO Life Essentials series offers truly unique and transformative responses to essential and timeless questions that we can use as stepping stones to a greater understanding of who we are and why we are here.
Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference
Author: Jeffrey A. Tucker
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
In-depth study places a major American writer in the African-American tradition.
Van Morrison's Ireland
Author: David Burke
Publisher: Jawbone Press
Long before there was a peace process in Ireland, Van Morrison unwittingly did his bit to unite a nation divided. Born in the heart of East Belfast in the North, he is revered as a Celtic soul hero in the South. His music, while rooted in jazz and blues and soul, has an Irish accent--a distinctly Protestant Irish accent. Morrison's songs form a map of this small island--a map of places, people, and cultures, too. They evoke a long-ago Belfast at a time before it became violently divided by sectarian conflict during the Troubles. They laud literary giants James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. They tell of the immigrant experience, the going away from the land that has long been Ireland's heartache. And they form a map of Morrison himself, revealing more than this notoriously difficult character ever would in interviews or conversations. A Sense Of Wonder is not a biography of Van Morrison. Rather, it is a journey through the Ireland depicted in his songs--a journey that begins in Hyndford Street, where we encounter the likes of John McCormack and The McPeake Family, and culminates in a unique picture of an idyllic, almost mythical Ireland where spirituality trumps organized religion, and art yields a stronger legacy than politics. Drawing on original research and interviews with a wide range of characters--from collaborators and associates of Morrison to Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and actor Liam Neeson.
Reading and Writing Through Literature
Author: Bill Preston
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
"A Sense of Wonder "opens the door to the world of modern literature poetry, short stories, essays, and plays. From the comic metaphors of Pablo Neruda s Ode to My Socks, to the touching monologue of Eric Bogosian s Bottleman, this multicultural anthology engages students in a way that is personal, meaningful, and enjoyable.Six universal themes food, love, clothes, growing up, work, life and death are illustrated through a variety of genres, writing styles, and points of view.Students identify and discuss key literary elements, such as metaphors, similes, personification, mood, and irony.Reading and writing activities range from skill building to creative writing, while discussion activities create opportunities for critical thinking and values clarification.Contents FOOD Good Hot Dogs The Way of Iced Coffee Food The All-American Slurp LOVE Oranges I Date a Thai Wind and River Romance Rain Music CLOTHES Ode to My Socks Getups Girl With the Green Skirt The Red Coat GROWING UP When I Was Young on an Island Why Boys Don t Know What Girls Mean and Girls Think Boys are Mean Abuela Invents the Zero Blue Stone WORK Jorge the Church Janitor Finally Quits Bottleman A Letter to God Follow Your Passion LIFE AND DEATH Just Lather, That s All Nearing 90 Immortality Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee "
Preserving a Sense of Wonder
Author: Thomas Locker,Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A biography of Rachel Carson interspersed with her own memorable quotes.
Healing the Planet through Belonging
Author: Haydn Washington
Environmental scientist and writer Haydn Washington argues that we will not solve the environmental crisis unless we change our worldview and ethics, and to do so we must rejuvenate our sense of wonder at nature. This book focuses on humanity’s relation with nature, and the sense of wonder and belonging common to indigenous cultures and children everywhere. Drawing on events in the author’s own five decades working to protect wild places, and the current literature on wonder, it examines what a sense of wonder is, what it has been called in different cultures and our high points of wonder at nature. It also looks at the ‘Great Divide’ in worldview between anthropocentrism and eco-centrism, and considers the problem of anthropocentric theory in academia, arguing that the focus should instead be on harmony with nature. The book concludes with an examination of why wonder has become buried in Western society and considers ways in which it can be revived, including rituals and education. It also considers how wonder helps humanity to become ‘whole’. The final chapter presents the road back to wonder and how wonder at nature can be restored in Western society. This book will be of great interest to environmental scientists, conservation biologists, environmental philosophers and ecological ethicists, as well as environmentalists, educators, eco-psychologists and students looking at sustainability, deep ecology and environmental philosophy and ethics.
Author: Rachel Carson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Featuring stunning new photographs, many in color, and an updated design, this special reissue of Rachel Carson's award-winning classic--originally published by Harper & Row in 1965--encourages sharing the miracle of nature with children.
Author: Jenny Aitken,Jan Hunt,Elizabeth Roy,Bess Sajfar,Sally Featherstone
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This practical book offers a scientific framework for the early years that is divided into four key areas: biological science, physical science, earth science and environmental science. Topics covered include life, nature, environmental care, sustainability, and biodiversity - with links throughout to the EYFS. A Sense of Wonder is an easy-to-read guide for educators looking to implement play-based science learning and inspire children of all ages in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Encouraging a Sense of Wonder
Author: William C. Ritz
Publisher: NSTA Press
Because the activities have been field-tested by more than a thousand Head Start teachers over 10 years, you’ll find this collection unusually easy to use in a variety of settings, including elementary schools, pre-K programs, and day care. Each activity ends with a reproducible Family Science Connection—in both English and Spanish.
How to Capture the Miracles of Everyday Life
Author: Francesco Dimitri
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
'Philosophy begins in wonder,' said Plato. Descartes agreed that 'wonder is the first of all emotions'. Wonder is the impulse behind all scientific and philosophical endeavour, art and spirituality. It is the most fruitful human sense: fuelling our creativity; firing our curiosity; inspiring us to hope and to dream. But our sense of wonder – that feeling we had as children seeing the Milky Way for the first time – gets used up. Faced with mortgage and money, we trade a sense of wonder for a sense of reality. And with the world getting ever more complex, reality too often brings anxiety and unhappiness. Francesco Dimitri argues that this is because we have lost touch with our sixth sense – that of wonder. By exploring the nature of wonder in many areas of human experience – in religion and spirituality; in myth and folk tales, in modern science and technology – he sets out to show how we can reclaim our sense of wonder – not to become children again, but to become happier and more fulfilled adults.
Author: Kumari Campbell
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Discusses the geography, history and government, people, cultural life, and economy of the United Kingdom.
Author: Thomas Olms
There are times when a thought may make the difference of how you may change your feelings. That time is anytime you want to feel something a little different, a little special and to remember. It's the remembering of what you sensed and what it did to you that makes the difference. Take what you read and enjoy what happens.