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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

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  • Series: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press; 2nd edition (April 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158238133X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582381336
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is great for people who want to learn the basics of different trees, their leaves, their twigs and bark of the trees around their area. If you don't know if the tree grows in your area, you can look at the maps in the book to see if it does. If you like trees and want to learn about them, you'll love this book. I loved this book because it built my foundation for knowledge in trees and their different families.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. Cohen on June 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love this little book. I've carried it on many hikes, dog walks, and through several years of walking to graduate school. It's easy to use, detailed enough to be helpful, and small enough (my aged copy, at any rate) to fit in your back pocket. Of all of the field guides that I own, I've used this one the most.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one book in a series, "A Golden Guide" which made up an extremely important part of my childhood. This 1956 edition was my first real bird guide when I was a pup. Until then, I certainly watched bird, liked birds, studied birds and was absolutely captivated by them. The library in our small town had a couple of musty old volumes which gave written descriptions of birds, with no pictures, but for a young boy, identification of birds was a very difficult process. We simply did not have access to anything better. Yes, Peterson's work was out, but I sure could not lay my hands on a copy. Then, somewhere, some place, my parents found this work for me and it opened up an entire new world. I could actually put a name to many of the birds I had been seeing! You cannot imagine how thrilled I was! And it was hot off the press!

Since that time I have gathered quite a large library of books concerning the feathered creatures of the earth. I have dozens upon dozens of field guides and as new ones are published, I cannot wait to rush out and buy them. I literally have thousands of dollars tied up in optics and cameras; all for birds. I have CDs beyond count; recordings of bird calls and I have bookmarked dozens upon dozens of bird sites on the web. Of all this wonderful crap I have, all of which I am grateful for, I don't think one book or one item has ever given me more pleasure than this one little book I received so many years ago. I still have it. It looks like it went through the Crimean War, six tornados, couple of floods and one of my dogs used it as a chew, chew toy years ago, but I still have it.

I still thumb through this little book from time to time and I must say that I marvel at the accuracy of the photographs and information provided.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on March 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Another handy reference for amateur naturalists, this pocket book facilitates the identification and exploration of trees of all sorts.

There is some introductory information in the beginning that brings the reader up to speed on how trees work, and also suggests some strategies and uses for tree identification.

Some of the pictures are the soft colors that we have come to expect, but many of the pictures of leaves and nuts are more starkly drawn, perhaps because identification can be so difficult.

Trees are arranged by group (spruces, oaks, etc.), and each species has a picture, short description, and map depicting its natural range.

This is an invaluable book for amateurs, and has the Golden Guide trademark of being accessible to young naturalists without talking down to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Limer Lady on November 25, 2010
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Very good-quality book.

I lend it out to my friends every now & again.

Has drawings, not pictures, but they are very accurate and easy to read & understand.

Has a few pages dedicated only to Oak Trees leaves & acorns, too!
(White Oak p85, Black Oak p97, and their acorns)

Of course, lots of other trees, too! Measurements in feet & inches, not cm and meters, like some books.
Definetly worth the purchase - For you, your friends, your library, and your purse or backpack.

Mine is the (c) 2001 "Revised and Updated" version
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Leo Ogren on September 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Golden Book on Trees is well written, well illustrated, and all in all is just one marvelous little book.
When I was a young boy, my mom (who was a librarian at the time) got me all of the different Golden Guides on nature, including the one on Trees. I used to read these books over and over again, and they helped shape my life and my lifetime love of nature.

I am a writer (Allergy-Free Gardening, Birthday Boy, Safe Sex in the Garden, etc..), and a former science teacher, and I recommend buying and giving these books as presents to all children. You might well strike a spark that will trigger a life long appreciation and fascination with nature.
This book on trees might well also be interesting and useful as a first book on trees for anyone with a budding interest in landscaping, wildlife, trees, nature. But as with all the Golden Guides....these books are wonderful tools to create interest in young kids.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific guide for the amateur bird enthusiast, and comes complete with lots of primer information on how to go about bird watching. By focusing on the most common representatives of each family branch of North American birds, the book makes classification far easier than a more comprehensive guide. For the typical bird watcher, the species covered in this book will allow for accurate identification at least 95% of the time, and you won't be wasting time agonizing over the slight differences between two subspecies. Each entry has a short descriptive paragraph that includes the size of the bird, a map displaying the range of the bird, and a beautiful color illustration that amply displays all of the identification points. A hard-core birder will no doubt prefer something more in-depth and comprehensive, but this is a great book to ease oneself into this captivating past-time.
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