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The Sibley Guide to Trees

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Staff Pick

In his new book, David Allen Sibley shifts his focus from birds to trees, including gorgeous illustrations and fascinating information. The Sibley Guide to Trees will dramatically change the way you look at your backyard, your neighborhood, and the larger botanical world.
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Publisher Comments:

David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America.

Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field, The Sibley Guide to Trees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject. It condenses a huge amount of information about tree identification — more than has ever been collected in a single book — into a logical, accessible, easy-to-use format.

With more than 4,100 meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings, the Guide highlights the often subtle similarities and distinctions between more than 600 tree species — native trees as well as many introduced species. No other guide has ever made field identification so clear.

Features highlighted include:

- leaves (including multiple leaf shapes and fall leaf color)

- bark

- needles

- cones

- flowers

- fruit

- twigs

- silhouettes

More than 500 maps show the complete range, both natural and cultivated, for nearly all species.

Trees are arranged taxonomically, with all related species grouped together. By focusing on the fundamental characteristics of, for example, oaks or chestnuts or hickories, the Guide helps the user recognize these basic species groups the same way birders recognize thrushes, warblers, or sparrows.

In addition, there are essays on taxonomy, on the cultivation of trees, and on conservation issues, reflecting Sibley's deep concern with habitat preservation and environmental health.

An important new contribution to our understanding of the natural world, The Sibley Guide to Trees will be a necessity for every tree lover, traveler, and naturalist. It is sure to become the new benchmark in field guides to trees.

Review:

"A beautiful, masterful, and much-needed work that will henceforth be our guide to the North American trees." Edward O. Wilson

Review:

"Unlike birds — the subject of David Sibley's previous guide — trees of the same species can be different colors at different times of year, different sizes in different places, and even different shapes and sizes in the same place. I thought, therefore, that trees were so replete with variables that a field guide would be impossible. I hadn't counted on Sibley's genius with words and paint to turn the impossible into this brilliant, eminently useful, reality." Richard Ellis, author of Tuna: A Love Story

Review:

"A wonderful companion volume to David Sibley's superb bird books, with the same beautifully precise species illustrations and concise, clear descriptions and range maps — altogether an invaluable contribution to our nature literature." Peter Matthiessen, author of Shadow Country

Review:

"I am delighted that the very talented David Sibley has 'branched out' to include trees. His illustrations are ideal, and the fact that he chooses to give more examples and variations than other guides will make this a very useful handbook." Robert Bateman, author of Birds

Synopsis:

Similar in size and format to The Sibley Guide to Birds, this illustrated guide identifies more than 600 tree species in North America.

Synopsis:

The man who revolutionized the field guide to birds now brings his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the more than six hundred tree species of North America.

Similar in size and format to The Sibley Guide to Birds, the layout for this guide is another triumph of logic and concision. Species are arranged taxonomically, not by features such as leaf shape (as in most other guides), which will enable the user to browse the images to find a match for an observed tree in the same way a birder uses the bird guide. And all pages will follow the same format, allowing the user to pinpoint particular information with ease. David Sibley's meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings illustrate the cycles of annual and lifetime development, and reveal even the very subtle similarities and distinctions between like elements of different species: bark, leaves, needles, cones, flowers, fruit, twigs, and silhouettes. More than four hundred maps show the complete range, both natural and cultivated, for nearly all the species. Issues of conservation, preservation, and environmental health are addressed in authoritative essays.

As innovative, comprehensive, and indispensable as The Sibley Guide to Birds, this new book will set the standard of excellence in field guides to trees.

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About the Author

David Allen Sibley began seriously watching and drawing birds in 1969, at age seven. Since 1980 he has traveled throughout the North American continent studying the natural world, both on his own and as a leader of bird-watching tours. This intensive travel and study culminated in the publication of his comprehensive guide to bird identification, The Sibley Guide to Birds, followed by The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, Sibley’s Birding Basics, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, and The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Wildflower, September 29, 2009 (view all comments by Wildflower)
An exquisite book that is hard to put down. I own a number of bird and plant guides and the Sibley Guide to Birds is an absolute favorite. The artwork is so beautiful and appealing, it draws your eye to notice all the details that distinguish one species from another. David Sibley's outstanding skill and style is so beautifully transferred to this new guide to trees. I have already learned so much from this book and was able to identify a tree near my house (a hackberry) that I knew little about. This book would be an asset to any household, drawing us up-close to nature's wonder.
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Elaine, September 22, 2009 (view all comments by Elaine)
We went to a lecture by Sibley tonight. My husband and I are birders and Sibley is king of the bird guides. He spoke about the making of the tree guide, and how he viewed it in much the same way he did when writing the bird guide. He explained his philosophy - that photographs give you a record of one specific bird or tree at one specific moment, while his illustrations aim to abstract what makes this bird or tree different from other, perhaps similar, birds or trees. We had the opportunity to buy a copy of the the new tree guide. It is just as beautiful and helpful as the bird guide and I am sure it will revolutionize the way people identify trees just as the bird guide did for birds.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375415197
Author:
Sibley, David Allen
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Trees -- United States.
Subject:
Trees -- Canada.
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4000 +ILLUSTRATIONS; 412 MAPS
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.54x6.32x1.14 in. 2.27 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780375415197 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In his new book, David Allen Sibley shifts his focus from birds to trees, including gorgeous illustrations and fascinating information. The Sibley Guide to Trees will dramatically change the way you look at your backyard, your neighborhood, and the larger botanical world.

"Review" by , "A beautiful, masterful, and much-needed work that will henceforth be our guide to the North American trees."
"Review" by , "Unlike birds — the subject of David Sibley's previous guide — trees of the same species can be different colors at different times of year, different sizes in different places, and even different shapes and sizes in the same place. I thought, therefore, that trees were so replete with variables that a field guide would be impossible. I hadn't counted on Sibley's genius with words and paint to turn the impossible into this brilliant, eminently useful, reality."
"Review" by , "A wonderful companion volume to David Sibley's superb bird books, with the same beautifully precise species illustrations and concise, clear descriptions and range maps — altogether an invaluable contribution to our nature literature."
"Review" by , "I am delighted that the very talented David Sibley has 'branched out' to include trees. His illustrations are ideal, and the fact that he chooses to give more examples and variations than other guides will make this a very useful handbook."
"Synopsis" by , Similar in size and format to The Sibley Guide to Birds, this illustrated guide identifies more than 600 tree species in North America.
"Synopsis" by , The man who revolutionized the field guide to birds now brings his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the more than six hundred tree species of North America.

Similar in size and format to The Sibley Guide to Birds, the layout for this guide is another triumph of logic and concision. Species are arranged taxonomically, not by features such as leaf shape (as in most other guides), which will enable the user to browse the images to find a match for an observed tree in the same way a birder uses the bird guide. And all pages will follow the same format, allowing the user to pinpoint particular information with ease. David Sibley's meticulous, exquisitely detailed paintings illustrate the cycles of annual and lifetime development, and reveal even the very subtle similarities and distinctions between like elements of different species: bark, leaves, needles, cones, flowers, fruit, twigs, and silhouettes. More than four hundred maps show the complete range, both natural and cultivated, for nearly all the species. Issues of conservation, preservation, and environmental health are addressed in authoritative essays.

As innovative, comprehensive, and indispensable as The Sibley Guide to Birds, this new book will set the standard of excellence in field guides to trees.

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