Lives of the Trees: an Uncommon History by Diana Wells

Lives of the Trees: an Uncommon History by Diana Wells

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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.

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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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SKU GOR005966836
Title Lives of the Trees: an Uncommon History
Author By (author) Diana Wells
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Microfilm
Publisher Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
Year Published 2010
Number of Pages 369
ISBN 10 156512491X
ISBN 13 9781565124912
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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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.""
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR005966836
Title Lives of the Trees: an Uncommon History
Author By (author) Diana Wells
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Microfilm
Publisher Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
Year Published 2010
Number of Pages 369
ISBN 10 156512491X
ISBN 13 9781565124912
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No