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Trees: A Visual Guide Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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"[A] gorgeous and informative guide."--"Science News"
"This book is stunning, filled with mesmerizing photographs and absorbing information in 300-plus pages. . . . Comprehensive . . . easy-to-read, [and] beautifully illustrated."--"Houston Chronicle"
"A beautifully photographed visual guide. . . . The text is clear and written in nontechnical language. Recommended for either the reference or circulating collection in academic public libraries."--"Booklist"
"Straightforward and well organized. . . . presented beautifully. The photographs are as abundant as the facts. Open and prepare to linger."--"Record Searchlight"
"The best book on trees."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Beautifully illustrated and designed, this gorgeous reference book explores the world of trees from every perspective. . . . This unique volume is a complete visual guide to the magnificence of the arboreal world."--"Sierra Heritage"
"Provides a phenomenal view of trees around the world."--"Washington Post"
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Top Customer Reviews
The Diversity and Design chapter introduces concepts of tree structure and variability, then offers pages and pages devoted to individual species, with a wealth of interesting illustrations and photos. A section at the end shows a wider selection of variations of shape, leaves, flowers, genera and biomes. This is followed by a glossary and a good index.
More than a photography book, though the photographs are the star, chapters include: A World of Trees, Form and Function, Diversity and Design, Communities of Life, Trees and the Human World, and An Indispensable Resource.
There are, however, two problems that should be fixed in future printings or editions. First, the index should be beefed up to do justice to all the material in the book. It is often hard to relocate a topic or particular tree that caught your eye the first time through. Second, "survival of the fittest" is used to describe competition or parasitism (p. 80-81), which is incorrect. Natural selection occurs within a species, not between species, so another phrase might be better (perhaps they could paraphrase Tennyson: "nature green in tooth and claw").
Those are the only reasons why I didn't give the book five stars. But even if these flaws remain in the book, I would use it again to teach my students about trees. And I am pretty sure that this is one textbook my students will actually keep after the course is over.
Even if you already know a lot about trees it's still very informative, surrounded by beautiful illustrations en photographs.
It's a general book on trees but at the same time so specific!
Complete with outstanding photography.
It should be noted that this book is not a reference for the
identification of trees by species.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a Christmas gift for my son who is taking a course in ecological writing and asked for a copy of this book.Published on February 4, 2014 by Carol D Valenti
I bought this for a friend and she loved it, and so did I ! Some amazing pictures and very witty descriptions. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Rhonda
This book is well-written book on trees and is a great addition to your home's reference library. There is so much information on this book that it will keep you busy reading for... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by D. Ferona
This book has all kinds of really neat trees all around the world. Full color pictures and full of information! Great Book!Published on January 23, 2013 by Allison
My daddy loves trees so he loves this book! It's large, very colorful & illustrated. He thought he knew a great deal about trees until I gave him this. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Angel Baggett
I have several coffee table books about trees, and this one is one of the best. I appreciate the variety of trees and photographs, the nice graphic layout, and the vibrance of the... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by EcoDesigner