By Arabella B Buckley
Advent to the wonders of the actual global: sunbeams and the paintings they do, the aerial ocean during which we are living, a drop of water on its travels, the 2 nice sculptors-water and ice, the voices of nature and the way we listen them, the lifetime of a primrose, the background of a section of coal, bees within the hive, and bees and flora. appropriate for a while 10 and up.
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When you have reached and entered the gates of science, how are you to use and enjoy this new and beautiful land? This is a very important question, for you may make a two-fold use of it. If you are only ambitious to shine in the world, you may use it chiefly to get prizes, to be at the top of your class, or to pass in examinations; but if you also enjoy discovering its secrets, and desire to learn more and more of nature and to revel in dreams of its beauty, then you will study science for its own sake as well.
Imagine for a moment that you could cut the sun and the earth each in half as you would cut an apple; then if you were to lay the flat side of the half-earth on the flat side of the half sun it would take 106 such earths to stretch across the face of the sun. One of these 106 round spots on the diagram represents the size which our earth would look if placed on the sun; and they are so tiny compared to him that they look only like a string of minute beads stretched across his face. Only think, then, how many of these minute dots would be required to fill the whole of the inside if it were a globe!
If you have any wish to know and make friends of these invisible forces, the next question is How are you to enter the fairy-land of science? There is but one way. Like the knight or peasant in the fairy tales, you must open your eyes. There is no lack of objects: everything around you will tell some history if touched with the fairy wand of imagination. I have often thought, when seeing some sickly child drawn along the street, lying on its back while other children romp and play, how much happiness might be given to sick children at home or in hospitals, if only they were told the stories which lie hidden in the things around them.