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Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest

Category: Book
By (author): Maloof, Joan
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  NATURE / Essays
  NATURE / Plants / Trees
Audience: general/trade
Awards: ASLE Book Award, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (2006) Commended
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Published: March 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.50in x 5.00in x 0.46in
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$ 24.95
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From The Publisher*

In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloof's engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it-and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree's survival.

Never really at home in a laboratory, Maloof took to the woods early in her career. Her enthusiasm for firsthand observation in the wild spills over into her writing, whether the subject is the composition of forest air, the eagle's preference for nesting in loblolly pines, the growth rings of the bald cypress, or the gray squirrel's fondness for weevil-infested acorns. With a storyteller's instinct for intriguing particulars, Maloof expands our notions about what a tree ?is? through her many asides-about the six species of leafhoppers who eat only sycamore leaves or the midges who live inside holly berries and somehow prevent them from turning red.

As a scientist, Maloof accepts that trees have a spiritual dimension that cannot be quantified. As an unrepentant tree hugger, she finds support in the scientific case for biodiversity. As an activist, she can't help but wonder how much time is left for our forests.

From The Publisher*In these natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through her engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it.
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Walk along with Joan Maloof through a forest, and you will see, hear, and smell stories better than anything on the Discovery Channel or, for that matter, in the Brothers Grimm. These are parables to live with, offered by a storyteller-biologist who is one part Thoreau on fruits, one part Alcock on insects, and one part Rilke on poetry.

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In Teaching the Trees, Joan Maloof combines science, heart, and spirit as a wonderful reminder of how important, special, and sacred trees are to us and to our world. Use this book as your call to action to conserve, protect, and restore our earth's trees and forests.

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The heartwood of this book harbors a kind of genius in fine and even grain: the power to look at the familiar and reveal for us its magic as for the very first time. From deep and soulful roots this book rises into a work of love and wonder, crowned by a high, overarching intelligence that changes forever our wide view of the surrounding world.

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Maloof reveals little known facts about the trees we all thought we knew so well and many of the other organisms with which they interact. She is a skilled and engaging storyteller. This small book is suitable for anyone who enjoys reading about nature and is fascinated by the many unseen interactions between organisms.

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A fascinating study of what is going on in and under our very noses when walking through nature’s blessed wonder—the natural forest. . . . Her book combines astute awareness with keen intellect. If this is the teaching style her students are accustomed to, they are to be envied.

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An impassioned take on the sacred nature of trees, with natural-history essays touching on their critical role in all our lives.

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Trees, the dominant life form of most undisturbed terrestrial ecosystems, get a fitting tribute in this engaging collection of eco-meditations. . . . The resulting mix of scientific lore and acute personal observation makes for a beguiling walk in the woods.

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A lovely collection of essays as spur and solace . . . A biologist by training, the author makes good use of poetry and history to demonstrate the connections between the trees and the rest of the planet’s inhabitants. A gem.