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The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-by-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees Hardcover – November 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0226139739 ISBN-10: 0226139735

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226139735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226139739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clearly, I have lost my head and am swooning under the spell of The Book of Leaves. This big, beautiful, shiny, sumptuous, and informational volume will enhance your appreciation of the natural world, but it does something else as well. It reminds you that wonderful things are often right under your nose. . . . It needs to be spread out on a kitchen table, preferably with a couple of kids hovering nearby, so that yuo can all marvel at the colors and shapes that have been here all along, hidden in plain sight."
(Julia Keller Chicago Tribune)

"Meticulously illustrated. . . . Coombes’s five-pound compendium . . . gets my vote for the book I’d be most likely to take on a hike in the woods, provided I had a pack animal.”

(Jennifer Schuessler New York Times)

“A handsome guide. . . . The oaks alone will occupy you for days.”

(New York�Times Book�Review Best Books of the Year)

About the Author

Allen J. Coombes is botanist at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum in Hampshire, England, and the author of many books about plants and trees. Zsolt Debreczy, is research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute in Boston.

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I teach 5th grade and I found this book to be extremely helpful.
Tim Smiddy
Unlike a field guide, however, fruits, blossoms and bark are not shown, but brief descriptions are given.
ikal
These omissions do not limit the usefulness of this well-designed, attractive book.
Nancy L. Morton

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Morton on November 3, 2010
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"The Book of Leaves" is appealing to many readers, perhaps even more than Alan Coombs, the author and Zsolt Debreczy, his editor, even imagined. The book features leaves from 600 trees, one to a page. Each page presents a full-sized photograph of the leaf, a smaller photograph in the case of compound leaves, a short description of the tree and leaf, a world-map showing the origin of the tree, a sketch of the tree with an estimate of its size, a chart with relevant facts on the tree and a short paragraph describing the distintion between the subject leaf and similar leaves. This is a lot of information on one page but the pages are well designed and never look crowded or busy. The book includes a glossary of botanic terms, and a chapter explaining how to identify a tree by its leaf. There is an index of trees by common name and another index by Latin name. The trees are grouped by their botanic family, and listed alphabetically. The book includes only trees of the 'temperate' zone, which is most of North America.

Photographers will appreciate the quality of the pictures. Perfect specimens were photographed in a studio and the veins, serrations and details of the leaves are readily visible. Naturalists will appreciate the difficulties of collecting 600 perfect leaf samples from many places and keeping the leaves fresh until they were photographed. The author graciously thanks all who contributed to this phase of the project.

Students and professionals in botany, forestry and horticultural will appreciate the concise presentation of facts and the wonderful photographs. The general reader will find that the book is fun. Who would have ever guessed that there are so many maple trees? So many oak trees?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill on October 29, 2010
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I purchased this book after reading a great review of it in the Chicago Tribune. It is just as the review described -- a great reference book for the trees of the world, complete with copies of the leaves, typically pictured in their exact size. After perusing the book, I soon recognized, however, that it would be great if the authors could publish a sequel that would limit the coverage just to the trees of the United States and not the entire world. Clearly, this sequel would be of a much-reduced size, but I think the authors would soon find that there would be a great demand for such a book of more limited scope. Anyway, the authors clearly have made a great contribution. I am not an arborist or the like but simply wanted something to bring me more up to speed on what is growing in my tree-infested yard (and elsewhere).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Louise Grazulis on December 31, 2010
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This book is great. It makes it easier to identify the different trees because each discription of the tree has a picture of a life size leaf to compare with. It's a book to have with you when you go out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ikal on September 11, 2011
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Whether you're looking for eye candy or a study guide, The Book of Leaves will serve you well. Leaf type and anatomy, taxonomy and nomenclature are covered in brief sections at the front. Glossary, common name index and scientific name index are at the back. The remainder of this very heavy book is devoted to individual pages for selected dicotyledonous tree species from around the world. The designer(s) at Ivy Press in the UK should be commended for outstanding information design. Each page uses the minimum but sufficient space for text about the habit, distribution and leaf type. The rest of the page is devoted to a flat photograph of the leaf in question - life size - providing a better sense of texture than many field guides. Unlike a field guide, however, fruits, blossoms and bark are not shown, but brief descriptions are given. Artists, naturalists and teachers will appreciate this beautiful book.
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By Philip on April 19, 2013
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Brilliant pictures and descriptors of the plants make it so easy to identify so many of the species.
Brilliant and lovelly to read.
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