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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio US; Unabridged edition (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478927550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478927556
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Goodall's intimate writing style and sense of wonder pull the reader into each account... The mix of personal and scientific makes for a compelling read." --Booklist

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

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a passionate study of the importance of plants.
I found it as enjoyable and well written as her previous books on apes.

It is highly recommended but readers should be aware that the Washington Post and the New York Times have said recently that there is evidence that several passages in the book have been 'borrowed' without attribution. Other critics have said openly that they have found clear evidence of plagiarism in the book as well as some 'dodgy' science.

If these charges are proven, which seems likely, it would be regarded as a very serious offence in the literary world, arguably the most serious.

It would be a great shame if 78 year-old Jane saw a distinguished career end in this way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Seeds of Hope 4 May 2014
By M. Reynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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 activities in regards to the plant world and the development of world crops. She covers GMO's, plantations, poisonous plants, beneficial plants and much more. The actual book is broken into four parts. My Love For the Natural World, which is just Goodall's history with plants. Hunting, Gathering and Gardening, which talks about the different gardens and seed banks in the world and even has a special section on orchids. Uses and Abuses of Plants, which includes sections on healing, drug plants, plantations, mono-crops and GMO's. And the Way Forward which shows what is going on now to help preserve some of the different plants of the world that are rapidly becoming extinct.

Goodall is almost always polite. When faced with distasteful topics she kind of side steps around the people who are making it bad and instead focuses on those who are doing good and making differences. So nothing is scathing in this book in regards to anyone. And a lot of her personal stories are very nice too. It's easy to see she was close to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandmother and the garden that she had.

This book covers some controversial topics. Goodall is a pretty large name and she blasts GMO's and other crop practices pretty hard. There's going to be some mad people as a result. But, since I'm anti-GMO I'm perfectly fine with what she has to say. If you don't believe the same way though, you won't be happy. You have been warned. She did bring up a bunch of topics I knew nothing about and found incredibly interesting. Like the amount of methane that is produced by rice paddies. I always thought rice was a pretty good crop, but on a large scale that doesn't appear to be the case. Just little facts like that make the book well worth reading. And the pleasant tone, despite the hard topics, makes it very engaging and easy to read.

I enjoyed this book by Goodall and because of that would probably read more of her books. She takes an interesting topic and introduces readers to all parts of it.

**This book was received as a Goodreads Giveaway**

Seeds of Hope
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420 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2014
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Some beautiful memories but some troubling errors 29 April 2014
By Kim Willis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I so enjoyed the first part of this book, with Goodall reminiscing about her childhood and talking about daring plant explorers and ancient plants and seeds. Then we get to the rant about GM modified food and it goes downhill for me. Much of the "evidence" she uses comes from people and studies that the scientific community does not deem credible and she picks through reports and studies to support her views without offering any of the reports and studies that have differing opinions. I am not "for" GM modified foods and I recognize some issues with them but I have read and studied the issue extensively and believe Goodall did not fairly present the issue.

Beyond that I was troubled by some basic errors in history, dates she uses in early American settlement history for example, and in some farming information that is inaccurate. I can't believe her editors did not pick up on some of this. After all this book was extensively overhauled and foot noted after charges of plagiarism surfaced when the book was first published.

If Goodall had stuck to stories about the wonder of plants and her own experiences with them it would have been a much better book. I know she is passionate about saving the environment and I don't fault her for that. But much of this part of the book just echoes the countless other books out there using less than objective science on the issue. I am not interested in going over that junk science anymore.

Professional reviewers have treated the book gingerly, had Goodall not been 80 years old and a cultural icon the reviews would have been much more scathing. Despite the inaccuracies and copying of material the book still has some beautiful things to say and for that reason most people will enjoy reading it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent and Original Overview of Plants 6 May 2014
By Zoeeagleeye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not a scholarly book, although it certainly has its share of facts, statistics and studies. It's a human book -- and this encompasses everything from Jane Goodall's childhood experiences (crying over Uncle Tom's Cabin) to what chemical toxins are doing to us (cotton is the "dirtiest crop" and is often picked by children even during spraying).

It is also an accessible book, nothing "difficult" here to plow through, and so that means it is far from boring. Well, I'd thought before I read it that it might contain a tad bit of boredom, but Goodall knows when to pause, when to move forward quickly and when to stop altogether. She tells stories of plants (you will absolutely love the one about "Survivor," the tree who on 9/11 survived a building falling on it) that will make you weep and cheer and laugh. She gives you interesting facts about plants that will stick in your memory, such as the Empress Josephine was crazy for Dr. Dahl's best flower: Dahlias. She raised them herself and would allow no one else to handle them. Also, I'd always thought orchids were rare and timid plants but it turns out they comprise the largest family of flowering plants, over 26,000 species with more than 100 new species being discovered every year. I enjoyed, as well, hearing about the plant explorers who traveled all over the world, had many amazing adventures, only to collect strange and new plants and bring them back to Europe. Finally, Goodall and her group has worked with medicine men and women all over the world, 86 to be exact, and every one of them declares that EVERY PLANT has some kind of healing power. How nice that Mother Earth so looks after her children.

A diverse and well-written book, you will enjoy (and benefit from) what she has to say about trees, botanical gardens, plantations, GMO's (just to name a few chapters), as well as be entertained by the stories she lavishly dishes out in each chapter. Not only is this book suited to a general readership of curious people, but it would be a fabulous book used as an adjunct text to a beginning college course in general botany. Not one page is dull and every chapter offers satisfaction and the opportunity to read more deeply in the subject matter. Both touching and terrifying, I thank Jane Goodall for writing it as it is one of those books that can enlighten the world.
39 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Anything Jane Goodall writes is all right by me. 1 April 2014
By BF8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you are a person who pays attention to the devastating effect we are having on the home planet that supports us all, you need a leader who can give you hope. Jane Goodall is one of those persons. I saw her recently in person. I will never forget being in the same room with 5,000 listening people and still feel like I was in the intimate presence of a truly graceful person.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You gotta love plants! 12 Jun 2014
By baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a fan of Jane Goodall. That being said, I am also a fan of the video series "The Private Life of Plants". I learned more from the video series than from Jane's book, but to be fair, the photography in the video series cannot be duplicated in a book format. Jane Goodall's book does have excellent research and gives the reader a thorough history of specific plants in human history. I love her respect for plants and the delight she obviously has for the plant world. A wonderful, informative narrative.
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