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The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town Paperback – May 16, 2000
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As Plotnik observes, at the dawn of the 21st century, 75 percent of all North Americans live in cities. In his pages these urbanites will find a wealth of information to help better acquaint themselves with the natural life that perseveres in their midst. --Gregory McNamee
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This book is a great exception. By touching only lightly on the dry botanical aspects of the trees, and focussing on their characters, the author shows confidence in the subject while letting his enthusiasm and wit have full rein.
Again, most illustrations drawn by authors' partners usually serve for breaking up the text. Not these. The unison between the illustrations and the textual descriptions is evidence of true collaboration and a rare conjunction of talent.
If you're interested in "those big things with the leaves", and you don't happen to live in a forest, but this book.
I've gone through much of this book with my kids, who, because they're city-dwellers, rarely get a chance to thoughtfully examine the fauna that's all around us. Now my 9-year-old can explain differences between maples as well as point out ash, linden, and several species of oak.
This book is great for people who want to train themselves to notice details, like leaf arrangement, general shape, and bark patterns. It makes you a better observer, and it helps you notice much more than the trees themselves (like what lives on, or in, them).
This is fun to take on a walk through the park.
However, when actually reading in the book I was quickly forced to the conclusion that this is a real find. Arthur Plotnik not only is inspired by trees, he also did his home-work (in a big way!) and he surely can write. This book reminds me very strongly of D.C.Peattie, as he would write if he were to live today. What can I add to that?
P.S. I can add that this book has an impressive list of references for further reading and a perhaps even more impressive list of internet sites on trees.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very rare to come across top-shelf tree knowledge AND writing in the one place. You do here. I'm going to have to look at other works by the author now.Published 5 months ago by Zane T
Worthless, but it will fit in your pocket! Better to choose a different title.Published 12 months ago by Topper
Next time you are in a part of town that feels not so great, dreary and dead, look around, I bet there are not any street trees! Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by WolfWolf
I got this book after the recommendation of a tree specialist in order to summon information for a class project. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Victor
The Urban Tree Book richly deserves its five stars. I am a bit of an afficionado of tree books; I actually enjoy reading most field guides and I often hike with several in my... Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by John G. Curington
I bought this guide when it first came out and enjoyed every tree, word and atticism. I am going to revisit this wonderful book to journey back into the life of a city's street... Read morePublished on January 11, 2002 by Bill Gould
The Urban Tree Book is quite a find- crisp, clear, especially well-written, always interesting, totally useful. Read morePublished on August 11, 2000 by Thomas Leo Ogren
The Urban Tree Book is indeed an uncommon guide. In fact, for tree-lovers, it's indispensable. The book is immensely informative and comprehensive enough to serve as a... Read morePublished on June 7, 2000