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The Resource The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth, Anita Silvey

The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth, Anita Silvey

Label
The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth
Title
The plant hunters
Title remainder
true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth
Statement of responsibility
Anita Silvey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents the experiences and contributions of early adventurers, explorers, and scientists responsible for discovering and documenting new types of plants, showing how their often dangerous voyages help establish the field of botany
Review
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Getting plants at the local garden center for one's home garden seems simple enough. But the incredible array of choices available—daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, geraniums, and begonias to name a few—is the result of centuries of global plant exploration and gathering. Organized by topic, Silvey's narrative flows from the motivation of these plant hunters, the difficulties they faced in transporting their finds across great distances, and the extreme threats to their lives (some didn't survive). The accounts of stealing such valuable plants as Brazilian rubber trees and Chinese teas for economic gain and the Ecuadorian cinchona plant for its antimalarial qualities read more like spy adventures than benign plant collectors' stories. The three-page bibliography will direct curious readers to books and websites for further information. For readers interested in specific plants, topics and/or individuals, the multipage index will lead the way to such specifics as Humboldt's description of banana trees, the discovery of a new gentian in Arkansas in 2001, and various expeditions to the Himalayas. Beautifully illustrated with color reproductions of old botanic drawings and photographs, this is a lovely presentation of amazing adventures.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA --Frances E. Millhouser (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 58, issue 6, p143)
  • Greed! Obsession! A passion for nature and travel! All these and more have driven intrepid explorers to search for exotic plants around the globe for centuries. Most of these hunters have been altruistic professionals seeking valuable plants to advance the cause of science and medicine or to improve their nations' economy with potential commercial crops. In their pursuit many experienced serious illness and injury, extremes of harsh weather and terrain in remote locales, not to mention encounters with dangerous animals, insects and fellow humans. Yet the thrill of the chase, the love of adventure and the outdoors and the tantalizing belief that the objects of their desire indeed lay at the end of their arduous journeys spurred these men and women on, despite the challenges. Some didn't survive the trip home. Today searches continue so that scientists may catalog Earth's biodiversity and develop massive seed stockpiles against any future catastrophic destruction of plant life. The slim, engaging narrative paints vivid portraits of these botanic adventurers. It is smoothly written, smartly paced and filled with exciting tales of risk taking and derring-do. Handsome visuals include contemporary maps, photographs, sketches, paintings and excellent botanic illustrations. Who could have imagined that something as seemingly ordinary as a plant could incite such ardor and devotion? (timeline, author's note, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012)
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10107430
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Silvey, Anita
Dewey number
580.75
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Intended audience
1170L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
QK26
LC item number
.S57 2012
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
8.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plant collectors
  • Plant collecting
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth
Label
The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth, Anita Silvey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [79]-81) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Botanomania": a passion for plants -- The Indiana Jones of the nineteenth century -- Why did they do it? -- Bringing the plants home alive -- Bringing themselves home alive -- Plant superstars -- Contemporary plant geeks
Control code
852545
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9780374309084
Lccn
2011005161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374309084
  • (OCoLC)707626602
Label
The plant hunters : true stories of their daring adventures to the far corners of the Earth, Anita Silvey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [79]-81) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Botanomania": a passion for plants -- The Indiana Jones of the nineteenth century -- Why did they do it? -- Bringing the plants home alive -- Bringing themselves home alive -- Plant superstars -- Contemporary plant geeks
Control code
852545
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
88 pages
Isbn
9780374309084
Lccn
2011005161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374309084
  • (OCoLC)707626602

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