Nature-study cultivates the child’s imagination, since there are so many wonderful and true stories that he may read with his own eyes, which affect his imagination as much as does fairy lore; at the same time nature-study cultivates in him a perception and a regard for what is true, and the power to express it. All things seem possible in nature; yet this seeming is always guarded by the eager quest of what is true. Perhaps half of the falsehood in the world is due to lack of power to detect the truth and to express it. Nature-study aids both in discernment and in expression of things as they are.
– Anna Botsford Comstock, Handbook of Nature Study
(Ithaca, NY: Comstock Publishing Company, 1931, 22nd ed. ), p.1. I was given this book by my grandfather, and I cherish it.