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The Sibley Guide to Trees


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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

Sibley, David Allen
Knopf Publishing Group
Kingsbury, Noel
Trees & Forests - General
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Trees -- United States.
Trees -- Canada.
Plants - Trees
Nature Studies-Trees
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200 color plates
5.5 x 7.75 in

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Product details 224 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 ,
Civilization has long been rooted in trees.and#160; They have warmed hearths, framed boats for ocean voyaging and poles for fishing those waters, hardwoods have provided shelters, and the strength of weapons in warfare.and#160; Oaks were worshipped by Druids, redwoods were a critical part of Native American ritual, as baobabs are to African tribal life and the ginkgo is to Chinese myth.and#160; And yet in spite of, or because of, the strength and fortitude of trees, virgin forests the world over have been cleared for human consumption.and#160;


In the wake of such change, in the spirited growth of heritage tree appreciation the world over, Hidden Natural Histories: Trees explains the traditional significance of 100 trees and describes their natural, culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, magical, and other properties. A combination of archival and original illustrations show tree forms and characters, and make for an easy navigation.and#160; One can either enjoy the whole forest with the trees, or tour the book one sentinel redwood at a time.

"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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Behind the cedar aroma of fresh pencil shavings and the slightly bitter tang of orange in our marmalade are untold stories of human interactions with the natural world. Celebrating the human heritage of these and other natural phenomena, the new Hidden Natural Histories series offers fascinating insight into the cultivation and use of the bits of nature we take for granted in our daily lives. In Trees, noted garden writer Noel Kingsbury turns his penand#151;or penciland#151;to the leafy life-forms that have warmed our hearths, framed our boats for ocean voyaging, and provided us shade on summer afternoons. From the fortitude of the ancient gingko tree to artistic depictions of quince fruit in the ruins of Pompeii, Kingsbury explores the culinary, medicinal, cultural, and practical uses of a forest of tree species. Packed with informative and beautiful illustrationsand#151;both new and from historical archivesand#151;Trees will charm and enlighten anyone interested in our relationship with the natural world and will be a special delight for every gardener and chef.
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