A Life Story

eBook - 2009
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'Only God can make a tree,' wrote Joyce Kilmer in one of the most celebrated of poems. In Tree: A Life Story, authors David Suzuki and Wayne Grady extend that celebration in a 'biography' of this extraordinary - and extraordinarily important - organism. A story that spans a millennium and includes a cast of millions but focuses on a single tree, a Douglas fir, Tree describes in poetic detail the organism's modest origins that begin with a dramatic burst of millions of microscopic grains of pollen. The authors recount the amazing characteristics of the species, how they reproduce and how they receive from and offer nourishment to generations of other plants and animals. The tree's pivotal role in making life possible for the creatures around it - including human beings - is lovingly explored. The richly detailed text and Robert Bateman's original art pay tribute to this ubiquitous organism that is too often taken for granted.
Publisher: [United States] : Greystone Books : Made available through hoopla, 2009
ISBN: 9781926685533
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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This is an enchanting biography of a single Douglas-fir tree on Vancouver Island. David Suzuki and Wayne Grady paint an interesting portrait of a life form we often take for granted, sharing fascinating facts regarding biology, the coastal forest ecosystem, environmental issues, and even world history along the way. (submitted by LN)

May 26, 2017

A must read for all nature lovers. It tells stories of much more than trees. It is like reading a si-fi with yourself in it, only that it is real and happening right in front of your eyes.

Apr 11, 2016

This is by far one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. David Suzuki romanticizes the life of Douglas Fir with gorgeous imagery and interesting facts about the living organisms it affects. A must read for anyone who has ever looked at a tree and thought there was definitely something more than just what you can see.


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