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Threads from the Web of Life: Stories in Natural History

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A Selection of the Discovery Channel Book Club

In sixteen stories Steve Daubert pulls the reader into the mystery and immediacy of ecological processes spanning a range from microscopic to tectonic, from microscopic to cosmic forces. Each tale brings the reader into the moment to witness an episode of survival in the wild first-hand. The material is presented on a level of intimacy and detail not usually encountered in other styles of natural history writing.

These creative non-fiction stories provide not just a bird's eye view (though that's true for the owls, warblers, condors, and hummingbirds in the book), but a wasp's eye view, a mouse's, a sea turtle's, a squid's. Sometimes the focus is as small as the detritus on the forest floor, or a single beat of the wing of a gull. Other stories range across evolutionary time. From whales and dinosaurs to creatures invisible to the naked eye, author and illustrator bring to life the dynamic interplay of living, evolving creatures and the natural forces that have shaped their worlds.

The book includes chapter notes that document the scientific basis for each story and describe the controversies still surrounding some of them — a splendid resource for families to read and share.

Book News Annotation:

In the tradition of naturalist Loren Eisley, a molecular scientist (at the U. of California, Davis) presents 16 creative nonfiction stories from a holistic view of the natural world. Stories offer insights into ecological processes linking plants, animals, geologic formations, climate, and humans. Scientific notes and recent references follow each tale, complemented by brother Chris Daubert's (Sacramento City College) art images blending fact with conjecture.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In the tradition of naturalist Loren Eisley, a molecular scientist (at the U. of California, Davis) presents 16 creative nonfiction stories from a holistic view of the natural world. Stories offer insights into ecological processes linking plants, animals, geologic formations, climate, and humans. Scientific notes and recent references follow each tale, complemented by brother Chris Daubert's (Sacramento City College) art images blending fact with conjecture. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In these stories Steve Daubert pulls the reader into the mystery and immediacy of ecological processes great moments in evolution, and You Are There From vanishing neon flying squids to dinosaur habitat upheavals-by-earthquake, each tale brings the reader into the moment to witness an episode of survival in the wild first-hand.

The book, wonderfully illustrated by the authors brother, includes chapter notes that document the scientific basis for each story and describe the controversies still surrounding some of them a splendid resource for the curious and imaginative of all ages.

About the Author

The book is the result of an unusual collaboration between two brothers, one an "artistic scientist," the other a "scientific artist." Stephen Daubert has pursued science on the molecular level for thirty years at the University of California, Davis. His brother Chris Daubert is Professor of Art at Sacramento City College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826515094
Subtitle:
Stories in Natural History
Author:
Daubert, Stephen
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Nature, Ecology, Nature Writing, Juvenile Nonfiction
Subject:
NATURE / Ecology
Subject:
Nature; Creative Nonfiction; Science
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Creative nonfiction
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Sc
Subject:
ience
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20060210
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20, BandW illustrations
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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Product details 176 pages Vanderbilt University Press - English 9780826515094 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In these stories Steve Daubert pulls the reader into the mystery and immediacy of ecological processes great moments in evolution, and You Are There From vanishing neon flying squids to dinosaur habitat upheavals-by-earthquake, each tale brings the reader into the moment to witness an episode of survival in the wild first-hand.

The book, wonderfully illustrated by the authors brother, includes chapter notes that document the scientific basis for each story and describe the controversies still surrounding some of them a splendid resource for the curious and imaginative of all ages.

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