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The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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“…a lovely presentation of amazing adventures.” ―School Library Journal
“…successfully infuse[s] the image of plant collection with a measure of excitement many readers will not expect.” ―BCCB
“Combining bits of botanical history and exploration with accounts of adventurers, this unusual book introduces European and North American plant hunters...” ―Booklist
“…smoothly written, smartly paced and filled with exciting tales of risk taking and derring-do.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Passionate about their discoveries, plant hunters "...love being outdoors in the natural world. They enjoyed traveling to places often unseen by others, and they found alien landscapes mysterious and beautiful." While many went into plant hunting with the hope of becoming rich, most also wanted to make scientific discoveries, inspired by the life of Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Considered the father of modern botany, Linnaeus created the system to classify plants. "As he named everything from buffaloes to buttercups, he began to create order out of the natural world, or, as his motto has been translated, `God created. Linnaeus organized."
Anita opens with the amazing tale of Alexander von Humboldt. In his quest across South America, von Humboldt encountered a jaguar, is "...tormented by insects, threatened by crocodiles, and abandoned by his guides." At one point, he was poisoned by curare, a nerve poison used by the Tikuna tribe living on the Orinoco River.
The adventure didn't end once the hunters found their specimens. Transporting the discoveries back to the museums, arboretums, and royal gardens sometimes proved more difficult. Sometimes it could take weeks or months before the plant was ready to harvest, then it had to be carried by mules then by boats, being carried across land and ocean, exposed to all kinds of weather and environmental changes. Because plant hunters wanted to make sure their specimens survived, they collected sometimes thousands of specimens, and in doing so, created an environmental disaster.Read more ›
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I really, really enjoyed this book. It is for younger adult readers but that didnt' make it any less intriguing or informative. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kalahari Girl
What Silvey does here that's so terrific is that she doesn't just write bio per chapter after bio per chapter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gail Gauthier
My boys 11 and 13 LOVED this book! They were fascinated by the near death encounters that many of these explorers had and loved the pictures of plants and people and scenery. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer