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Around the World in 80 Trees

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Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration  not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Laurence King Publishing (first published May 28th 2018)
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May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.
 Chinese proverb

I am a fan of author Jonathon Drori's "Ted Talks" on nature so I had to read his book. The author grew up near the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew learned to appreciate botany from his father who insisted on weekly excursions to the garden. This is a man who appreciates both the science and beauty of nature and it is reflected in his beautiful book.

Taking the name from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days,
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
A colleague of mine, in the Dendrology (the study of wooded plants) Department, knowing that I live in the middle of a nature preserve and my inclination to wander through nature recommended this book. I am glad he did.

Jonathan Drori goes around the world and highlights the wonderful trees from that region. Each description, superbly written and engaging, is filled with gorgeous illustrations by Lucille Clere. The vignettes not only are full of information about the plant but also highlights the
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What a stunning ode to nature, told through the most beautiful illustrations and stories that make the world come alive! The author reveals the secret of trees ... from lime trees that line Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard to sacred Banyan trees in India, Californias storied redwoods, and Londons eucalyptus-paved avenues. Plus tree-climbing goats, radioactive nuts, self-mummifying monks. Its a weird wonderful travelogue for outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of well-told tales! 5/5

David Wineberg
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trees are gifts. Just figure out what their special features are, and you can keep the gifts coming. The gifts can be as simple as shade, as complex as medicine, as practical as boards and posts or as supportive as fruits and nuts. And thats just for humans. In Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori demonstrates a true passion and appreciation of those gifts, as he describes 80 of them by geographical region. He describes the, whats unique about how they work and stories of how they fit ...more
Clare O'Beara
I love this book of a jaunt around the world, looking at trees on the way. The author, who grew up wandering Kew Gardens, looks at British Isles trees first, with the rowan for Scotland and Arbutus for Ireland. Off to Finland to meet the birch, wandering through cork oak forests and larches across the continent, before encountering the exotic and valuable timbers, spices, barks and resins of the fabled Orient, bloated looking baobabs of Africa, toxic trees of nutrient-poor countries, lightweight ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, trees
You know trees are alive. But do you think of them as living beings? With individuality? And needs?

You will after reading this book.

Author Jonathan Drori, an Ambassador for the WWF and Trustee of the Eden Project, accompanied by illustrator Lucille Clere, takes us on a trip through trees around the world. He visits with trees I know well, like the Elm and the Lodgepole Pine and the Baobob and the Date Palm, but he adds stories and details about the familiar that are surprising and unexpected. He
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biology, net-galley
A beautiful book for tree lovers. Great illustrations and I love the author's stories. I really learned some new things about my favourite trees!

Thank you NetGalley and publisher for an ARC to read.
Stephen Baird
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so privileged to receive a reading copy of this from Laurence King Publishing, and it even came with a beautiful poster.

Everything else I was reading had to be put on hold until I had finished this, though I could have dipped in and out of it as the book is written in episode like chapters following the author around the world. Each chapter describes a different tree and has such brilliant illustrations by Lucille Clerc.

Each chapter explores the historical and cultural aspects of each
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book about some of the more important or iconic tree species around the world. It is more of a reference and discusses each tree separately so I took my time to read it. The illustrations are excellent and I learned a lot of history of many trees that I thought I knew a lot about.

This would be a perfect coffee table gift for anyone who is interested in ethnobotany or trees in general.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
Without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year. It's rarely that I learn anything totally new and truly fascinating from a book, but this is it. Gorgeous, awesome drawings too.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this wonderful book during my bus rides to & from work and during my breaks. Each tree gets about a page or two at most of a descriptive blend of science, history, and folklore. The information was fascinating and I especially loved the illustrations. Highly recommended!
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this book. Every paragraph has at least one fascinating, often humorous fact. The illustrations are gorgeous. And best of all, you'll become that annoying guy at the party who has an unending supply of interesting facts about trees.

Now I look at every tree, bush, and flower and wonder what untold story it caries.


In North America, Tilia is known as 'basswood', from 'bast', the tree's inner bark, which is often used for cordage and mats. However, across Europe the lime, or linden,
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun facts to know and tell! Actually, I don't know how many I will remember long enough to tell anyone, but they were definitely fun facts to know. I love trees, and I love armchair travel, so this book seemed like one for me, and I did enjoy it. The author did a good job of making each tree interesting in its own right, and if the biological side doesn't interest you, there are a fair number of fascinating historical and cultural observations as well. The tour of the world part made it more ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was utterly fascinating, exceptionally well written, beautifully illustrated and full of information and juicy details. I really loved every little thing about this book, including the frequent notes on how the specific honey from each tree's flowers taste (for those of you interested, strawberry tree honey is bitter, boxwood honey contains alkaloid poisons, linden honey is pale and richly flavored, sweet chestnut honey is ironically bitter and jarrah tree honey has a malty caramel ...more
Lel Budge
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning book.....the description really doesnt do it justice.

Each tree has it own chapter with a description of the tree, its characteristics and also some history surrounding the tree. There are interesting facts, such as, the wood of the Norway Spruce from the Italian Alps was prized among famous violin makers, such as interesting and informative

The illustrations are truly stunning and a work of art in themselves....beautiful

I would like to thank the Author/the
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book for many reasons. One, I can actually read a page or two at a time if I so choose. Two, the writing is descriptive and detailed but not overly scientific to the point that prior knowledge is required or helpful. Three, the illustrations are gorgeously complimentary to the stories and facts. Four, this book pushes conservation through the lens of appreciation rather than guilt, a lovely and uncommon perspective.

The 4/5 rather than 5/5 rating is driven by two factors. I was not
Beautifully illustrated and well-written, both informative and easy to peruse in spare moments, this book makes an excellent gift. There are a few outstanding omissions (ginko?), but I'd welcome a sequel.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the layout of this book. I thought roughly one page per tree was the perfect pace and there are so many gorgeous illustrations on every page!
Mike Histand
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An utterly beautiful and fascinating book about some unusual trees including artful sketches to enhance the reading experience.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I found the cultural background and the etymology quite interesting and the illustrations are bedazzling.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated and fascinating book! The author adds interesting facts and anecdotes as only the British can do. I loved this book!
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting species and intriguing anecdotes. Sometimes I wished the stories continued for a bit longer and a couple of other species were chosen along the way but overall certainly enjoyable. Excellent illustrations!
Elaine Aldred
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stressed and Tired? Need something to take you right out of the grind of daily life and into another world that rejuvenates you?
For me there is nothing better than taking a walk amongst trees. But sometimes, for reasons of weather or work commitments, going out is not an option. So taking a literary saunter through the wonder that is Around the World in 80 Trees has to be the best non-medical, armchair intervention to daily woes.
Within this exquisite volumes leaves (pun intended), Jonathan Drori
Bonnye Reed
Jonathan Drori brings us an excellent book for tree lovers. He has broken them down into just 80 families and they make fascinating reading. Some we are all familiar with - The Romans brought the Elm to western Europe to support and train their vines. From England, it spread, mostly by cuttings, all over the world. Thus all were genetically vulnerable to Dutch Elm Disease - which originated in the Orient but was first identified in the Netherlands. The 1970's worldwide spread of Dutch Elm ...more
Amy Buckle / Amy's Bookshelf
Around the World in 80 Trees does what it says on the tin its a guide to loads of fascinating plants and trees from all around the world. Separated by continent, each entry has 12 pages of information, including about its history, how humans have used it, and what relationships it possess with animals. Each entry also has stunning illustrations to accompany it.

When I read non-fiction, I always find myself pausing to either look something up, or learn more about something which was mentioned. I
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: green
I think I'm going to re-read this book more or less immediately.

This is one of those books best read as a nightstand book, a little bit before you fall asleep each night. Each of the 80 trees that it tells you about, gets 2-4 pages, about half of which are Lucille Clerc's wonderful illustrations. The tactile feel of the book is gratifying; it's got a heft to it, and the paper is very high quality. It feels good to hold it in your hands. It is a calming and meditative experience to read about one
Heather K Veitch
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Around the World in 80 Trees takes us on an enjoyable whirlwind adventure through individual species of trees as found in their native habitats. From the London Plane in England, we travel through Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, and Oceania to the Americas and Caribbean, meeting arboreal majesties such as the Alder, Cedar of Lebanon, Frankincense, Banyan, Yoshino Cherry, Upas, Kauri, Blue Jacaranda, Lignum Vitae, Coastal Redwood, Tree of Heaven, and more.

For each tree we are treated to
Miz Lizzie
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book last year at the wonderful independent bookshop Arcadia Books in Spring Green, Wisconsin where I was browsing before heading to American Players Theatre for Shakespeare. As I was looking through this intriguing book, a young woman (another customer, not a bookseller) spontaneously volunteered how much she loved the book and that she was one entry every night before bed. I took that as a sign and decided to do the same. Obviously, I didn't read an entry every single night but ...more
Kelly Hodgkins
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Im not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori but it has far exceeded my expectations and I have every intention of rereading it! Its a fantastic combination of information, anecdotes, humour and environmental concerns.

Each tree has its own profile highlighting its key aspects, history and impact on the world. I chuckled at the description of befuddled bees beneath the Lime tree drunk on the nectar. I wondered at the use of cork on the roads of
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that definitely catch your eye as you go past. It is probably best as a large coffee table version but I had to be contented with an e-version which has a ticking clock before it expires. This did not effect my review in too many ways, but I might have enjoyed it more in actual physical format.

The author gives us detailed information about trees from various parts of the world. As a layperson with only the power to gawk at said trees and marvel at their beauty, I
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Jonathan Drori is a Trustee of The Eden Project,
an Ambassador for the WWF and was for nine
years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew and The Woodland Trust. He is a Fellow of
the Linnean Society and the Zoological Society
of London, and a Member of the Institution
of Engineering and Technology. He is a former
Head of Commissioning for BBC Online and
Executive Producer of more than fifty primetime

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