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Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 19, 2010
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So why not just get Peattie's? Of course you could have both, as I have. But if you only want one, make it Peattie's.
"LIVES OF THE TREES" includes much about name origins, folklore, alternate names, and past uses of the trees or their parts. 100 different tree chapters describe specie roots nearly lost or unknown facts about the different types. For example honey bees were brought to North America to pollinate apple trees. The bees became known as "White Man's Flies" by the Native American Indians. And their is a connection to the American Red Bud tree from the Judas Tree. There are antidotes of relationships with different trees to Biblical scriptures, Shakespeare writings, Greek & Roman culture, and so much more.
This is by far the most interesting non-fiction tree book I have ever read. Of course my reading went instantly to recognizable tree names of the USA Midwest, where I live. Found were fascinating facts never heard or read elsewhere. Then, returning to page one, a trip through pages of trees seen in other areas, finding delightful reading so much more interesting than the typical educational or scientific dry stuff provided for those seriously growing trees.
Book also includes Heather Lovett drawings of leaves and fruit/nut/seed pod for each variety. A wonderful 1/2 page illustration on every 2nd or 3rd page. There is a bibliography for the more serious tree specialist and an index for finding those bits of interest you'll be telling your friends about, or reading to them. Better yet, if you have a nature friend, buy them a copy.Read more ›
Anyone wanting to know bits of trivia or snippets of history regarding trees will love this. It's a great handbook, and a fun and relaxing read weather you've got 2 minutes or 2 hours.
Many thanks to the author and publisher for assembling such a useful book outside the realm of a manual or botanical text.
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This is sometimes entertaining and has nice illustrations, but if you are expecting more than random bits of often superficial information about trees, this is not the book for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wullie
super book...arrived when stated it would...really exceptional...Published 12 months ago by CAROLE BORDEN
I found very interesting, the history of how parts of trees were used by different societies.Published 17 months ago by Susan Gato
love, loved loved this book. as a former forestry student i am still in love with trees. this book opened my eyes to even more fascinating features and facts about trees. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Author did good job collecting all the info. For me, it was a little bit too much. I would prefer to have shorter information with only the most interesting stories.Published 18 months ago by traveler
Fantastic book, to keep forever. Never knew how fascinating trees can be.
What a treasure, ! Thank you Diana Wells. Should be on every book shelf or kindle!