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Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

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Renowned naturalist and bestselling author Jane Goodall examines the critical role that trees and plants play in our world.



In her wise and elegant new book, Jane Goodall blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Long before her work with chimpanzees, Goodall's passion for the natural world
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 2nd 2013)
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Jessika
Jun 18, 2014 Jessika rated it really liked it
Having my degree in environmental science, when I saw this book up for grabs on NetGalley, I immediately requested it.

Overall, I'd say that I was pleased by Seeds of Hope. I learned a lot, and Jane Goodall's passion for the plant world and for nature itself shines through her words. This book will definitely appeal to certain types of people, but I would still recommend it for those who might be a little wary. Jane Goodall's writing is very reader friendly, and I think that the general public w
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Cami
Apr 02, 2014 Cami rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced reader copy through a GoodReads giveaway. I would not have finished the book if I did not feel it was my responsibility to give a free gift book a decent chance. I give it 2.5 stars and rounded up because I personally did not really like it or feel it was memorable but I know that it will appeal to a certain type of earth-loving person. This just isn't my thing but I respect her and what she has to say.

I will admit that I know very little about plants, shy away from most a
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Jana
May 27, 2014 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2-stars, first-reads
Rather disappointing on the whole. The majority of the book consists of sketchy and fuzzy pseudo-scientific statements which are rarely, if ever, backed up by vague semi-scientific "evidence." On the other hand, her personal recollections of interactions with the natural world and its plants/creatures are charming.

Had Dr. Goodall written a book about her childhood growing up among trees, her adolescence and early adulthood exploring the vastly different (and yet fundamentally similar) biomes of
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Melissa
So, the only thing I ever really knew about Jane Goodall was that she was the lady who worked with chimpanzees. That's it. Turns out, she has done a lot more than that. And a lot of that had to do with plants.

From an early age, Goodall loved plants, and even had a special tree at her grandmother's house. While off fighting to save the chimpanzees she was studying the local vegetation as well. In this book there are some accounts of her own experience, but it is also a book of history and current
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Whitney
Mar 29, 2014 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Program.

This book is an excellent introduction to the importance of plants. Reading this book by Jane Goodall feels like you are sitting in a garden or a forest discussing plants with her. The importance of plants and their future is presented in a very personal way. It conveys the horrors that have been done to nature, and the hope that we can fix it.

I enjoyed reading this book. Not only was the information presented in an engaging way, it also pro
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Jose Santos
Sep 08, 2015 Jose Santos rated it really liked it
É claro que fiquei bastante curioso ao saber que a conhecida antropóloga Jane Goodall tinha escrito um livro sobre plantas. Não é um livro sobre jardinagem nem sobre botânica, artes que a própria afirma que não domina. Então porquê um livro sobre plantas?
Este é um livro escrito pela naturalista Jane Goodall e a mesma admite que, desde sempre, sente um fascínio e uma grande admiração pelo mundo das plantas. O jardim da casa de família é uma memória constante e as plantas trazem-lhe recordações d
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Dewayne Stark
Sep 07, 2013 Dewayne Stark rated it liked it
Read this book before looking at the reviews. Apparently the release of this book was held back awaiting corrections and plagiarism concerns. I was not on a fact checking mission when I started to read this but some outstanding dating issues started to appear as listed in the three examples shown within:

Page 75, "Three hundred and fifty years have gone by since he published the results of his long deliberations in 1753,"

1753 plus 350 makes the current year 2113

Page 182 "They collected, in 1878,
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E.J.
Nov 06, 2014 E.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Jane Goodall provides her wonderful, knowledgeable insights.
Melissa
Jun 21, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book is written in such a personal way that Dr. Goodall's voice itself echoes throughout the text. Her love for the natural world, fostered from childhood, is evident throughout but especially in the earliest chapters of the book. She even includes sketches and other items from her childhood, demonstrating how closely connected she has been to her surroundings from a very young age. The stories of plants she collects from various dedicated botanists are similar to those she compiles in HOPE ...more
Marsella Johnson
Apr 18, 2014 Marsella Johnson rated it it was amazing
This woman never ceases to astound me. In her writing I can be right there with her...tramping through jungles, mesmerized by the miracles of nature she captures so vividly. In her newest contribution she showcases ancient trees, the resilience of seeds, the fragility of ecosystems, all while sharing her idyllic childhood memories. The fascinating experiments being done with cloning, preserving,and growing of soon to be extinct plants and the importance of botanic gardens.

We all know of the trag
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Mona
Mar 28, 2016 Mona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
When I was looking for a book to fit my 30 book NF challenge category of Science/Nature I ran across the name Jane Goodall. I knew she worked with chimps and I had thought I would read (listen to) one of her books related to chimps. But then I came across Seeds of Hope and it seemed in line with other things I had read (Silent Spring, An Inconvenient Truth). I like from the start how she talks about plants as sentient beings. So often animal rights activists and those who do not eat animal produ ...more
Srini Venkat
Aug 23, 2015 Srini Venkat rated it really liked it
This book is a good read. Jane Goodall takes us through a fascinating journey into the plant life and how it is intertwined with the rest of the ecosystem. I liked the initial chapters the best. I have always wondered how plants communicate with each other and whether they are able to understand our feelings. This book provides a tiny peek into these areas and would have benefited from a far-more detailed explanation. Goodall is able to effectively communicate the feeling of wonder and excitemen ...more
Leah Moore
Jul 12, 2013 Leah Moore rated it it was ok
Eh, the first 3/4ths of the book was nothing new or spectacular. I was looking for some good scientific insights, but it was mostly her antidotes. She did have one neat point about chimps eating a certain plant, which was interesting. The last 1/4 she gives examples of what is happening across the globe to ensure that plants do not go extinct. This was more interesting, but not griping or all that motivating.
K
Jul 10, 2013 K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirations
I loved how Goodall inspired science and a poetical reverence for nature. Her mention of forest networks and communication between plants, questions she raises about whether food can be grown ethically to feed the planet, and interesting history about how early plant explorers transported and suffered to bring plants into our awareness...misuses of plants and recreational drug use...A great read.
Kristin Poley
Jan 18, 2016 Kristin Poley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't begin to describe how much I hated this book. I don't typically read Jane Goodall because I don't like a lot of her ideals but this book is about plants which I love so I thought I would give it a try. The first third of the book was very interesting and I actually enjoyed it. Then she got into the controversial topics and everything went downhill. Hardly anything she said was backed up by scientific fact and it read like an old lady remembering her glory years. It was so dramatic- every ...more
Kay
Jun 18, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing
This is the first book written by Jane Goodall that I've read. I love her for all the work she has done for the planet, which has had an indirect effect on every living organism. I'll be reading more if her books. Her gentle nature comes through in her writing. I read Melissa's review and she pretty much said everything I think about the book. A little more than halfway through this book,but unless the theme of this book changes greatly,it's a book I'll be getting for my own library. I'm especia ...more
Sealove
Nov 08, 2013 Sealove rated it it was amazing
Amazing… What a special glimpse into the world of plants, given by a woman who has lived and seen it all.

It was quite a joy to see this world through Jane's eyes. It brought back all the wonder that we already knew and loved about the plant kingdom and added new pieces to the puzzle that we are so happy to have found!

Mahalo Ms. Goodall!
Catherine Beverly
Apr 16, 2015 Catherine Beverly rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. If you're interested in plants, GMOs, the "plant-hunters" of the 1600-1800s, or just the environment in general, this is 100% the book for you. Goodall approaches her subject matter with all of the passion of someone truly inspired to teach others. Although partially fact-based, she includes many anecdotes and personal accounts that give you a complete picture of the power of plants.

As a scientist, Goodall heavily researched her book in order to provide the most accurate
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Nikki
Apr 11, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, environment
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

When I first looked at the title I was a bit wary- it sounds like the name of some spiritual new-age thing. To be honest, I entered the giveaway primarily because I saw Jane Goodall's name on it.
But while it did have some spiritual-y undertones at times, it wasn't terribly distracting.

Overall I enjoyed it. It has a little history, a little science, and Goodall shares some personal experiences. It's basically just a plant appreciat
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Beth
Mar 09, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
If you're expecting hard science, maybe look elsewhere. If you're interested in Jane Goodall and want to hear a little about her past, as well as her take on many matters having to do with the plant kingdom and the state of nature on our planet, you'll enjoy this. Written in a folksy, conversational style so you really get a feel for the author's voice. Ms. Goodall occasionally gets on a soap box, but she's not pretending to do anything than give her own point of view. I found the chapters on ag ...more
Wes Smith
Apr 12, 2014 Wes Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this through the Goodreads First Reads program and am extremely happy to have this in my collection. Seeds of Hope is classical Goodall with the exception that her subject matter is quite different from the primates we know her for.

With a subject as broad as "plants," many scientific books could easily fall into the trap of getting too esoteric for the majority of readers. Goodall, however, manages to discuss the wide topic with her characteristic voice: soft, gentle, and easy to understan
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Mckinley
I wish it was more like her Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink. She starts out telling of her love for plants which goes far back into her childhood; engaging. She gives history and background about botany including what plants people have grown and used. She discusses what people are doing today about gardening. She tells some interesting stories and is obviously very committed to stewardship of the earth and it's inhabitants. She talks abo ...more
Kate Lawrence
May 18, 2014 Kate Lawrence rated it really liked it
Seeking to inspire as well as inform, Goodall's latest focuses not on animals, as readers might expect, but on plants. We learn about such topics as exotic plants--including an entire chapter on orchids, the fascinating true stories of intrepid plant collectors of the 18th-19th centuries, food crops and the hazards of monocultures, plantations and slavery, medicinals, forests and deforestation, plants from which drugs are derived, and GMOs. I enjoyed finding out more about coffee, tea and chocol ...more
Karen
May 04, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Yes, I have a signed Jane Goodall book- be jealous! This book was amazing and really inspired me to make changes in my lifestyle. I never knew plants could be so interesting!
Ariel Gordon
Apr 08, 2014 Ariel Gordon rated it liked it
In 1960, 24-year-old Jane Goodall arrived in Tanzania to study chimpanzees.

Sent by British scientist Louis Leakey, the former secretary initially had to be chaperoned by her mother. Goodall later obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in ethology, a branch of zoology that studies animal behaviour, based on the her work at the Gombe Stream National Park.

Goodall began by studying our closest relatives, discovering their propensity for using tools and hunting small mammals for meat. These were st
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Deb Fett
Jun 22, 2013 Deb Fett rated it really liked it
Easy to read style. Almost reads like a diary of her love affair with plants. Lots of valuable information.
Tasia
Now, there are some issues here: some dates are off, years are incorrectly added together… Others have already pointed out that Goodall's assertions about GMO plants aren't rooted in scientific "fact," but to all that I say, she points these things out herself. She outright says that she's not qualified to weigh in on the validity of the findings; she's just putting forward stories about scientists and their research in a way that makes you question why their research hasn't been heralded as com ...more
Jessica Claudio
Jul 17, 2015 Jessica Claudio rated it it was amazing
Seeds of Hope is a book about the intrinsic relationship between humans and plant life.

After reading this book, it seems essential that we protect and nurture plants, as they return the favor by providing us with protection through medicine and life through oxygen.

The book addresses what we can do to help sustain plant life, and mentions the Roots and Shoots program to teach the younger generation, and future of our world.

For my full summary with highlighted spoilers check out: www.travelanim
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Angela
Apr 23, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
Jane Goodall was an idol of mine when I was growing up. And she still is. Her dedication to animals and the environment, her perseverence, and her compassion affected me at a young age. I read some of her books, over and over and was fascinated by her life.
I thought this book would be very relevant to me since it departs from some of her usual books to talk about plants. I found it to be a very broad overview, good for someone who doesn't know much about the topics presented and wants to be intr
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Don Weidinger
harvest orchids, gardening for prisons, Obama’s better food, peyote for muscle distance running, first wine in mission, poor plants of alcohol drugs tobacco, slavery and Hitler similar eugenics, Jamestown turned around due to tobacco, organic only, dams devastating environment, 1/3 corn eaten leads to fat, claims re crop production nature can supply, forests are/not sustainable, politicians and companies corrupt, abortion slanders indiscriminately, hemp and sunflower for arsenic and other metals ...more
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall), is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Strea
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