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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of trees, masterfully presented,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)This is a book I've been waiting for - a general book on trees that's both informative and enjoyable. It covers virtually all aspects of trees, from their biology and ecology to their uses in human society, and does so extremely well. The text is packed with information that's presented lucidly, even elegantly. There are literally hundreds of beautiful photographs, as well as many attractive and effective illustrations. The page layouts are also clear and appealing. In a word, this is a gem of a book.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful photographs and more,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)Divided into vague chapters, this book is loaded with remarkable photographs, but also offers interesting information, though it is by no means a textbook or science guide. Fun facts are illustrated, evolution and origins are discussed. I really enjoyed the Form and Function chapter, which separates comparative photos into sections on trunks, roots, leaves, etc. There are usually one to three pictures on a page, so it's not comprehensive, but it is fascinating and beautiful.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed visual guide!,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)Everything you like to know about trees is in this book.
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about trees of the world,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)This book is excellent for just about anyone. I used it as a textbook in a college course on the biology of trees and found it to be more than satisfactory. The pictures, as other reviewers have said, are wonderful. The content is wide-ranging and well written. All geographical regions and biomes are given good coverage. While most of the book emphasizes whole trees, tree communities and ecosystems, there is also information about cells, growth, anatomy, reproduction and other topics below the level of whole organism. The sections on uses and management of trees cover topics that many people might overlook. Even if you already know a lot about trees, you will find something new in this book.
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TREES A Visual Guide,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)This is an exceptional book. The photos are stunning and the text beautifully written. It is a real gem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tree book for the casual observer. Pictures and Info!,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)I bought this as a coffee table book, just to look at different trees and different aspects of tree growth. This book is just that-a casual observer's picture guide to trees and how they grow. Very fun, informative and colorful.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)This book is very informative for people who do not know a lot about trees and those they do know. The illustrations in this book are vary helpful to explain and clarify what the book is talking about. I would recommend this book to anyone no matter how much they know about trees before reading this. the pictures are some of the best i have seen published in any book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative!,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)Not a deep for someone looking for detailed biological information, but definitely worth the time for a non-biologist. The photographs are stupendous! The selection of trees covered is small, but isn't really intended to cover every tree out there. Just good basic information on how trees grow surrounded by great photography.
5.0 out of 5 stars Trees Beautiful Trees,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)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 years to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Neat Book!,
This review is from: Trees: A Visual Guide (Hardcover)This book has all kinds of really neat trees all around the world. Full color pictures and full of information! Great Book!
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Trees: A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd (Hardcover - April 1, 2008)