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Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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"Culling legend and citing science, Stewart's fact-filled, AZ compendium of nature's worst offenders offers practical and tantalizing composite views of toxic, irritating, prickly, and all-around ill-mannered plants." ---Booklist
About the Author
Amy Stewart is the bestselling author of several books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including From the Ground Up, The Earth Moved, Flower Confidential, Wicked Plants, and Wicked Bugs.
AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga.
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Basically it's simple, if you like knowing about poison's and plants they come from then this book is for you. If you think thats boring well I suggest you look elsewhere.
The sections it was divided into, the witty presentation and all of the knowledge easily merits five stars. Yet I have only given it four. Hmmmm.
This is because when it came to plants like Cannabis family she often had some moral message to throw in and that really damaged the whole experience for me.
I'll put it this way when I read a book like this I'm expecting a tool of information, a list of plants and what they do. I am not looking for the author's own moral message coming from some moral highground because it's in a book I bought.
Does the author know about botany? Absolutely, but she should stick to it and leave morality to the philosophers.
Thoroughly enjoyable reading. Needs an index.
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins." -- Proverbs 24:30-31
Wicked Plants is a great combination of helpful information about harmful plants and good story telling. Both are valuable to people who wouldn't know one plant from another if they fell into them (until stuck full of thorns or inadvertently poisoned).
When I visit people for the first time who have small children and pets, I'm always astonished to see rooms and yards full of poisonous plants located where they are easily available to inquiring mouths and teeth. When I point out the problem, the so-called adults usually tell me that I can't be right. A few minutes on the Internet quickly causes a major plant remodeling of the house and yard.
I've also walked full of yards filled with marijuana plants being cultivated by the youngsters in the family while the parents remain blissfully ignorant of their crop's potential.
This book will help you overcome any such ignorance that you have.
But I do have a caution: If whoever prepares your food isn't too happy with you, don't leave this book lying around . . . it's full of potentially lethal advice for poisoning you.
The book's main weakness is that if you don't already know these plants you may not be able to recognize them from the drawings. I suggest you look up color photographs on the Internet as you read the books.
Well done, Ms. Stewart!
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I'm in a household with a professional biologist. This is a particularly welcome book for reading and learning.Published 9 months ago by Patricia H. Worthington
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