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Trees (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press) Paperback – April 14, 2001
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Thankfully, this volume is easy to use and the entries, though comparatively brief, provide the reader with a wealth of pertinent information. That is also to say that the reader isn’t bogged down with a lot of minutia. The drawings are abundant and helpful.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an excellent field guide, as is the rest of the Golden Guides. I carry this on me when I'm in the field at work for quick identification of species. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Matthew Medley
Purchased for granddaughter, age 5, and she loves all of these books about nature. I read to her about the things she gets interested in by the pictures.Published 1 month ago by Cricko
It would be OK for a child. I found some useful information but I need more details.Published 4 months ago by R. Ferris
able to use to replace our "original" which has come apart with use (and age) we'll use the broken one, and save this for posterity.Published 6 months ago by Connie
I had lost my copy and am so glad to have the same year/copyright with same pictures. I use it regulaarly, though we don't travel anymore. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Gaeta
I do like it, but the kindle version is a little more difficult. It's hard to just flip to the right page and understand exactly what I am looking for. I do like it though.Published 13 months ago by Chloe Cutler