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Lives of the Trees - by Diana Wells (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 369

Genre: Nature

Sub-Genre: Plants

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Trees

Author: Diana Wells

Language: English

Street Date: January 1, 2010
TCIN: 78706248
UPC: 9781565124912
Item Number (DPCI): 247-23-9875
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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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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