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Lives of the Trees

An Uncommon History
Wells, Diana (Book - 2010)
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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 .
Authors: Wells, Diana, 1940-
Title: Lives of the trees
an uncommon history
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 369 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Diana Wells ; illustrated by Heather Lovett
Additional Contributors: Lovett, Heather
ISBN: 156512491X
9781565124912
Branch Call Number: 398.242 W4537L 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Trees History Trees Mythology Trees Folklore
Topical Term: Trees
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LCCN: 2009031669
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Short profiles of one hundred trees. Learn more about the baobab, which collapses to dust and blows away when it dies, the fig, which was illegal to smuggle out of ancient Athens, or the spruce, which provided some of the earliest chewing gum.


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