It has been my goal within the thirty-nine chapters of the 3 books during this sequence to hold my readers throughout the weeks of the entire tuition 12 months, now not despite the fact that as with a calendar, for that will be kind of wood and synthetic; yet by means of readings, quite, that trap in a wide method the spirit of the actual season, that provide anything yes and particular within the approach of feedback for tramps afield with issues to appear for and listen to and do. obviously a number of the birds and animals and plants pointed out, in addition to woods and facets of sky and box, are these of my very own neighborhood environment—of my New England surrounding—and so needs to range in a few info from these surrounding you on your some distance Southern domestic otherwise you in your far-off Pacific coast, otherwise you on your wealthy and sundry valley of the Mississippi, otherwise you in your large and beneficiant prairie. however the similarities and correspondences, the issues and prerequisites now we have in universal, are greater than our variations. Our solar, moon, sky, earth—our land—are an identical, our love for this pretty global is identical, as is that contact of nature which all of us believe and which makes us all relatives. anywhere, then, in those books of the seasons, the issues taken care of fluctuate from the issues round you, examine these issues for info, and on your trips afield fill within the gaps with no matter what it truly is that completes your panorama, or rounds out your cycle of the seasons, or hyperlinks up your unending chain of life.
While i've got attempted to be actual all through those books, nonetheless it has now not been my item mainly to write down a typical history—volumes of outside proof; yet to quicken the imaginations at the back of the pointy eyes, at the back of the willing ears and the keen souls of the multitude of kids who visit tuition, as I used to visit university, via an open, stirring, beckoning international of dwelling issues that I longed to diversity and understand.
The smartest thing that i will do as author, so you might do as instructor, if i could quote from the final paragraph—the keynote of those volumes—is to “go into the fields and woods, pass deep and much and regularly, with eyes and ears and all of your souls alert.”
Mullein Hill, might, 1912
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