Nature

The plant messiah : adventures in search of the world's rarest species book cover

The plant messiah : adventures in search of the world's rarest species

Carlos Magdalena

581.68 /Magdalena
Science, Nature

Carlos Magdalena is not your average horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants. First captivated by the flora and his native Spain, he has traveled to the remotest parts of the globe in search of exotic species. Renowned for his pioneering work, he has committed his life to protecting plants from man-made ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the Amazon to the jungles of Mauritius to deep within the Australian outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab, we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again. Along the way, he offers moving, heartfelt stories about the secrets contained within these incredible organisms. Passionate and absorbing, The Plant Messiah is a tribute to the diversity of life on our planet, and the importance of preserving it. -- from dust jacket.

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Autobiographical stories of his work as Tropical Senior Botanical Horticulturist for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England. Carlos describes coming from a family that encouraged exploration, as well as respect and caretaking for the plants and animals of Asturias in Northern Spain. When wanderlust overtook him at 28, he travelled to London where a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew changed his world. Their efforts to save highly endangered plants mirrored his passion for caring for the land back in Asturias. He has an energetic, driven personality that comes through in his recounts of his intense Kew education in the greenhouses and beyond. Most of the book recounts his journeys to save seeds or cuttings of rare plants found in the islands of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, Amazon backwaters in Peru, and many other far flung locations. He’s a great storyteller and has set up each chapter as if he has to solve a puzzle with life or death stakes, how do these rare plants produce fruit, seed, and ultimately a new plant? He includes simple overviews of the science behind his a-ha moments, so even if you don’t have a botanical background you come away with an understanding for how these mysteries were solved. His passion for plants is infectious and it carries through in his writing, the stories are often zany and move quickly and you’re left feeling that we need many more people with the drive and desire of this plant messiah. -Jason

Hello Lighthouse book cover

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation book cover

The brilliant deep : rebuilding the world's coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation

Kate Messner

jE Messner
Picture Books, Biographies, Nature, Science

Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs.

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Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe's new picture book biography about Ken Nedimyer is absolutely stunning. This is a perfect place to start learning about our rapidly changing oceans and the efforts being made to combat the bleaching of coral reefs. Parents and children will love this title, not only for it's beautiful artwork, but for the wealth of information and hope that it embodies. It's never too early or late to learn that individuals have the power to impact great change. -Casey

Hello hello book cover

Hello hello

Brendan Wenzel

jE Wenzel
Picture Books, Nature

In simple text a set of animals, each one linked to the previous one by some trait of shape, color, or pattern, greet and interact with one another.

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Field Guide/Animal Primer by Caldecott Honoree Brendan Wenzel-- -Casey

The essential herbal for natural health : how to transform easy-to-find herbs into healing remedies for the whole family book cover

The essential herbal for natural health : how to transform easy-to-find herbs into healing remedies for the whole family

Holly Bellebuono

615.321 /Bellebuono
Health, Nature

An introduction to herbal healing for beginners focuses on thirteen foundation herbs while explaining how to prepare hundreds of simple and effective home treatments for common conditions, including stomach aches, anxiety, and dry skin.

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Another good place to start if you are new to making herbal preparations and want to start working with some well-known herbs. -Heidi K

Rosemary Gladstar's medicinal herbs : a beginner's guide. book cover

Rosemary Gladstar's medicinal herbs : a beginner's guide.

Rosemary Gladstar

615.321 /Gladstar
Nature

Rosemary Gladstar offers an introduction for a new generation of gardeners and natural health and self-sufficiency enthusiasts. Thirty-three of the most common and versatile healing plants are profiled in depth to get the budding herbalist off on the right foot. Readers will learn how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use each herb. Step-by-step instructions explain how to prepare herbal teas, salves, syrups, tinctures, oils, and liniments to stock the home medicine chest. Simple recipes explore each plant's healing qualities -- aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief.

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The healing intelligence of essential oils : the science of advanced aromatherapy book cover

The healing intelligence of essential oils : the science of advanced aromatherapy

Kurt Schnaubelt

615.321 /Schnaubelt
Health, Nature

"Explores science's new biological understanding of essential oils for improved immunity and treatment of degenerative diseases"--

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The unsettlers : in search of the good life in today's America book cover

The unsettlers : in search of the good life in today's America

Mark Sundeen

640 /Sundeen
Nonfiction, Nature

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of three families of new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for--or create--a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.--

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Are you FASCINATED by people who manage to live off the grid for long periods of time? Me, too! -Anne W

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom book cover

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom

Matt Sewell

590 /Sewell
Nature

British artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell's newest book is a wonderfully guide to many of the group names that humans have given to members of the animal kingdom. A Charm of Goldfinches contains more than 50 animal groups, each with Sewell's beautiful watercolor illustrations and a half-page discussion of how the names came to be.

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Everyone knows a pride of lions and a pod of dolphins. But what do you call a group of foxes or crocodiles? What animal make up a shiver or a parliament? -Beth

Up in the garden and down in the dirt book cover

Up in the garden and down in the dirt

Kate Messner

jE Messner
Picture Books, Nature, Gardening

"Up in the garden, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt."--

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One in a great nonfiction picture book series, be sure to look for the others. -Casey