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Wake-Robin   By: (1837-1921)

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Wake-Robin by John Burroughs takes readers on a delightful journey through the beauty of nature. With his unparalleled skill in observation and vivid descriptions, the author transports us to the enchanting world of the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York.

In this collection of essays, Burroughs showcases his deep appreciation for the intricacies of the natural world. From the charming songs of birds to the tranquil allure of wildflowers, every aspect of nature is carefully examined, revealing the author's genuine fascination with his surroundings. His love for the natural environment is contagious, igniting in readers a newfound desire to explore and cherish the world around them.

Burroughs' writing style is incredibly engaging, effortlessly drawing readers into his world. His eloquence paints vivid pictures in the mind, transforming ordinary scenes into memorable experiences. The author's ability to connect with readers is evident through his witty anecdotes and relatable observations, making Wake-Robin a truly enjoyable read for nature enthusiasts of all backgrounds.

One of the remarkable aspects of Burroughs' work is his introspection. While he weaves tales of his encounters with wildlife and plant life, he also shares his personal reflections and insights. These introspective moments lend a profound depth to the book, reminding readers that nature has the power to inspire and instill a sense of peace within our own lives.

Moreover, Wake-Robin allows readers to witness the changing of the seasons through Burroughs' exploration. From the vibrant hues of autumn to the delicate blooms of spring, each season's distinctive characteristics are carefully captured and celebrated. This book not only offers a deeper understanding of the natural world but also encourages readers to engage with nature during different times of the year, appreciating the unique magic each season brings.

Wake-Robin is a timeless piece of literature that still resonates with readers today. Burroughs' love for nature has a way of reminding us of the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. By inviting us to marvel at the wonders of the natural world, the author reminds us to cherish the beauty around us and strive to live in harmony with the earth.

In conclusion, Wake-Robin is a remarkable exploration of nature's captivating allure. John Burroughs' ability to intertwine personal anecdotes, introspection, and vivid descriptions creates an immersive reading experience. This book serves as both a reminder and an inspiration to appreciate and protect the world we call home.

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This is mainly a book about the Birds, or more properly an invitation to the study of Ornithology, and the purpose of the author will be carried out in proportion as it awakens and stimulates the interest of the reader in this branch of Natural History.

Though written less in the spirit of exact science than with the freedom of love and old acquaintance, yet I have in no instance taken liberties with facts, or allowed my imagination to influence me to the extent of giving a false impression or a wrong coloring. I have reaped my harvest more in the woods than in the study; what I offer, in fact, is a careful and conscientious record of actual observations and experiences, and is true as it stands written, every word of it. But what has interested me most in Ornithology is the pursuit, the chase, the discovery; that part of it which is akin to hunting, fishing, and wild sports, and which I could carry with me in my eye and ear wherever I went.

I cannot answer with much confidence the poet's inquiry,

"Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?"

but I have done what I could to bring home the "river and sky" with the sparrow I heard "singing at dawn on the alder bough... Continue reading book >>

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