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Book cover of Wonder and the World: A Childhood Among the Species, featuring a duotone photograph of a person looking at a large whale swimming near the sea's surface. Published by Verlag Kettler.

Wonder and the World

A Childhood Among the Species

By (author) Cyril Christo
By (author) Marie Wilkinson
By (author) Lysander Christo


Publishing 11th Mar 2024
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    • A journey to the last indigenous peoples and unspoilt places on this planet
    • With over 80 duotone photographs
    • Nature as the school of life
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    What kind of world do we want to bequeath to our children? What planet, what future do we want to pass on to them? In his latest book, Cyril Christo poses the most fundamental of all questions. Together with his wife Marie Wilkinson and their son Lysander, Christo has been seeking out the wonders of this world for more than 40 years and across all continents. During their travels to the Inuit or the first peoples of Africa, they come into contact with communities who seem to have everything that modern, technological society has lost: time, family and an almost inexhaustible kindness towards strangers.

    The photographers present the wonder of unspoiled nature in their book, captured in powerful duo-tone images that provide a fascinating glimpse into the beauty of life. With a fighting yet sensitive spirit, they share how their experiences and encounters have guided their son’s development and how nature can serve as a teacher to all children with their irrepressible yearning for wonder. The world’s greatest classroom, nature as the school of life, is threatened as never before by climate change and the continuous loss of habitat. Christo and Wilkinson regard their book as a manifesto and a warning, because “without wonder we are lost.”

    Verlag Kettler
    Publish date
    11th Mar 2024
    World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland
    320 mm x 245 mm
    208 Pages
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