The Sense of Wonder

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  • Action orientation
  • Instructional soundness
  • Usability

If early childhood environmental education had a patron saint, it would be Rachel Carson. Better known for her research and writings on the dangers of pesticides, Carson’s ideas on introducing young children to the joys and wonder of nature have inspired many environmental educators and reassured them that, for children and caregivers alike, “it is not half so important to know as to feel.” Written in an almost lyrical tone, this short book will nourish and remind you why your work matters.

Cover of The Sense of Wonder


Rachel Carson's book is being reissued with new photographs and an introduction. This personal essay discusses the importance of every child having an adult that can spark excitement for the world. She also details how a love for the environment can help a person maintain their sense of wonder.