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Our culture teaches us that we are separate from nature. We spend most of our lives in houses surrounded by manicured lawns, living in towns or cities where recrecational activies are based on human-centered sports. Nature is something we go to a park to see, or we watch a show about it on TV.
Those of us in the field of environmental education try to preach a different message, telling people that "all life is interconnected" and that "we really are part of nature". But in the next breath we tell them to stay on the trails and to practice "no-trace" camping. We tell them to look at nature and photograph it, but not to touch it. We tell them our modern way of life is destroying nature, and that we need to stop mucking up the planet. In other words, we tell them we are part of nature--the bad part!
Here at HOPS Press, LLC we advocate a positive interactive relationship with the natural world. We want people to get involved in nature, to be a part of the process on many levels:
Through Participating in Nature: Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills and the Art of Nothing Wilderness Survival Video Series, you can experience an intimate connection with nature as you rediscover the skills our ancestors used to survive for tens of thousands of years. Instead of merely camping in the wilderness or passing through it, you will become part of the process as you learn about nature by using it to meet your needs for shelter, fire, water and food. Learn to set aside the trappings of modern culture and step directly into nature with little or nothing, to experience nature on its own terms.
With Tom's book Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification, you can connect with the wonderful diversity of plants and flowers all around you in a way that you may have never imagined. Instead of seeing the green world as little more than pretty wallpaper, you will learn to know the individual plants, wildflowers and weeds as if they have been your life-long friends. Our book Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9-99 utilizes the same patterns method of identifying plants as Botany in a Day, but in a metaphorical story form where children of all ages can join young Shanleya on her journey to learn the plant traditions of her people.
In Living Homes: Integrated Design & Construction you will learn how to make your home part of nature, as well as how to make nature part of your home. Learn the secrets to building low-cost, high-efficiency homes with stone masonry, log-building and strawbale construction methods. With this book and Tom's Slipform Stone Masonry DVD/VHS Video you will be able to build your quality, earth-friendly Dream home on a budget, even while the "experts" say it isn't cost effective.
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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to both lay and professional people who work with plants.
So far it has allowed me to teach my kids (3 and 5) more about plants than I learned in 25 years! I love this book.
I appreciate the Medicinal Properties of Plants section which has enough detail for a chemist but is understandable to the layperson as well. The entire book is written like that; professional or layperson will get a profound lesson. Its like an entire course on wild plants but written in a reference manual style with a very personal touch.
This has given me a level of confidence I have always desired. Any human being should be given a copy of this book at birth! This should be in every library and taught in every school. If animals could read I would recommend it to them to. Peace
systematically than the typical "field guide." It concentrates on getting
you started into the right family with identification, and also listing
some of the notable and edible plants in each genus.
It lists edibility, but given that you don't really have a solid identification
of the plant, I wouldn't eat something based on it. He does at least list
the source of the edibility info in parenthesis. And he's pulled info from
5 or more sources.
I thought the intro and evolution of plants section in the beginning as well
as the half dozen most common families section in the front was good, succinct
and well written. There is a slightly confusing dichotomy key in the front too.
The bulk of the guide is an overview of each family, generally one (or one subfamily)
per page that gives a good information on the characteristics of the family and its
Illustrations look like they're from Britton and Brown, with lots of notes
added. For instance, there is a black and white line drawing and arrows pointing
out "3 stamens, 2 carpals, etc"
Text is slightly Montana-centric, but not overbearingly so.
Overall, a great intro to plants in 200 pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good book for someone trying to find edible plants around home.
Lots of common plants you see all the time.
I was misled by the name "Botany in a Day" as it sounded too basic. I was surprised at just how much information is packed into this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve Furches
Really useful...I will take it to my local nurseries when I am shopping for plants this year...and useful to take along with me on travels....Published 2 months ago by JANA K. SPICER
Of all the nature books I own this may be one of my favorites, if not the number one favorite. I am in college, and nothing is more exciting to me at school, than when I have the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.J.
I love this book! I have just started learning about herbal medicine and plant identification. This is a GOD-send.Published 3 months ago by Earle
Excellent book! Great color pictures and I really liked that the author talks to you in conversation instead of just making statements. Read morePublished 3 months ago by spsmile