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By Eleanor B. Hildreth on 08-03-15
He loves the web of life. His stories of this life made me love it too. He tells of squirrels hanging out in the sun, teasing each other and just enjoying life. Of why pecans and hickories leaf out after other trees.
He even got me to love ticks. Most of them will die of thirst before I brush the grass top on which they lie in wait for me to give them a blood meal. They die trying.
He puts me in my place in the web of life. As large land critters, we are out of it. Most life is in wet or at least moist places. In water and soil. Places we know little about. Then he tells stories of tiny soil springtails and numerous nematodes and the important micorrhizal fungi that feed and connect plants. I had heard of all of them. I loved hearing their stories.
This book brightened up two tedious days of driving and car trouble.
When the book ended I was disappointed. So I got a similar book but it was droning professor with sloppy, out of date, ideas. A mediocre man, not a delightful one like Haskell So I returned it and am now looking for another delightful nature book. About the nature you need a microscope and a big picture vision to learn about.
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By Patricio on 11-05-16
This is a great read for thoso of us interested in ecology, the book is written in a ver entertaining fashion, and the narration is flawless. One of the best books that I have listened to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful