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Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History

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Diana Wells, author of 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names now turns her attention to something bigger--our deep-rooted relationship with trees. As she investigates the names and meanings of trees, telling their legends and lore, she reminds us of just how innately bound we are to these protectors of our planet. Since the human race began, we have depended on them for food, shade, shelter and fuel, not to mention furniture, musical instruments, medicine utensils and more.

Wells has a remarkable ability to dig up the curious and the captivating: At one time, a worm found in a hazelnut prognosticated ill fortune. Rowan trees were planted in churchyards to prevent the dead from rising from their graves. Greek arrows were soaked in deadly yew, and Shakespeare's witches in Macbeth used "Gall of goat and slips of Yew" to make their lethal brew. One bristlecone pine, at about 4,700 years old, is thought to be the oldest living plant on earth. All this and more can be found in the beautifully illustrated pages (themselves born of birch bark!) of 100 Trees.

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The author of "100 Flowers" and "How They Got Their Names" turns her attention to something bigger--humanity's deep-rooted relationship with trees. Wells reminds readers of just how innately bound people are to these protectors of our planet.

About the Author

Diana Wells is the author of 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names and 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, has written for Friends Journal, and is contributing editor of the journal Greenprints. Born in Jerusalem, she has lived in England and Italy and holds an honors degree in history from Oxford University. She now lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565124912
Author:
Wells, Diana
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Illustrator:
Lovett, Heather
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Trees -- History.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Subject:
GARDENING / Essays & Narratives
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
369
Dimensions:
211.074 x 165.1 x 31.75 mm

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