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Planet Life

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Planet Life: The Amazing History of Earth By Aina Bestard (Illustrator), Museu de Ciències Naturals in Barcelona Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781734761870
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Published: Tra Publishing - March 1st, 2022

Come wander through this beautiful book where translucent overlays, paper flaps, and beguiling images reveal the history of our planet. What did the earth look like 300 million years ago? What was the earliest lifeform? How long did dinosaurs roam earth? When did our ancestors first appear? Inspired by an exhibit at the Museu de Ciencies Naturals in Barcelona, through art this book lets children and adults "see Earth as a delicately balanced system that is nonetheless constantly changing."

Robin


UNDER WATER UNDER EARTH

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Under Water, Under Earth By Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinski Cover Image
$30.39
ISBN: 9780763689223
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Published: Big Picture Press - October 11th, 2016

I would have gone crazy for a book like this as a kid! It just absolutely pops. It's so informative, but still fun and engaging. The large format and reversible design makes it a unique and memorable book to cherish.

Stacey


Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside

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Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside By Gordon Wilkins, Mark Dion, Christoph Irmscher, Errol Morris, Belinda Rathbone Cover Image
$52.00
ISBN: 9780847872282
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - September 13th, 2022

This monograph by notable local artist Rosamond Purcell serves as the catalogue of a spectacular career retrospective exhibition currently taking up the entire 2nd floor of the Addison Gallery in Andover until Dec. 31st. With several insightful essays as well as an interview with the artist, this book stunningly displays the evolution of this remarkable American artist.

Dale


What is a River?

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What Is a River? By Monika Vaicenavičiene Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592702794
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 30th, 2021

It's a good question, and one that might take you in more directions- philosophical, geographical, and aesthetic directions- than you'd think. In this gorgeous picture book, a young girl and her grandmother sit on the banks of a river contemplating its depths. Not only will the art, done in a mix of pencil, watercolor, gouache, and more, delight you, you'll learn so many fun facts about rivers!

Catherine


Way of the Hive

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The Way of the Hive: A Honey Bee's Story By Jay Hosler, Jay Hosler (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Hosler, Jay Hosler (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063007352
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Published: HarperAlley - April 20th, 2021

I read this in its original iteration, Clan Apis, in probably 2006 when I was 10 and Very Scared Of Bees. I am not exaggerating when I say it changed my relationship to bees entirely - I went from fear and mistrust to awe, appreciation, and curiosity. Jay Hosler's approach to what is essentially an explanation of What Bees Are is funny, interesting, and moving, and his artwork is top-tier.

Piera


The Treeline

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The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth By Ben Rawlence Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250270238
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 15th, 2022

This book is an act of sustained attention - which is to say love - that is dynamically detailed, refreshingly holistic, and deeply urgent. Rawlence names capitalism explicitly as the engine of climate destruction, and names indigenous knowledge and lifeways as the means to human survival. The prose is clear and beautiful, and Rawlence is unashamed to admit to his own fear and dread in the face of an irreversibly changed planet; but he doesn't give in to that fear, nor does he give readers the easy out of doomer pessimism. Instead, The Treeline urges us to transmute despair into hope and action.

Piera


You are Never Alone

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You Are Never Alone By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771473156
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2019

This was a "found on the shelves" title for me that demanded my immediate attention. The words so beautifully illustrate our dependence on the Earth and the interconnectedness of creatures great and small. Soyeon Kim's illustrations, with gorgeous colors and amazing cutouts, really add dimension and make this a book worth treasuring.

Stacey


Legends of a Common Stream

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Legends of the Common Stream By John Hanson Mitchell Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781625345813
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Published: Bright Leaf - April 30th, 2021

 

Mitchell returns to Beaver Brook and the environs of Scratch Flat, the setting for several of his earlier, perhaps best-known works, musing about the myths and legends from a wide range of global traditions that have connected peoples with the land. In passages of pure poetry he once again shows us we need look no further than our own backyard to rekindle that relationship with the natural world.

 

Dale


World of Wonders

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments By Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fumi Nakamura (Illustrator) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

I initially picked up this book because of the cover, I admit it.  What I found was not one of those ubiquitous books "about nature". In these 20 essays, the author writes about the more unusual forms flora and fauna all around us from the perspective of herself as a young girl and then as an adult. Each story is a carefully crafted gem in which the personal and the natural history are woven together, to create a loving portrait of her family.  Makes a great gift!!

Ellen


Becoming A Good Creature

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Becoming a Good Creature By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358252108
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Published: Clarion Books - September 29th, 2020

This beautiful book is perfect for the young one in your life who loves animals! Sy's story is about following your dreams, and being open to learning the life lessons that teachers of all shapes and sizes can offer. Rebecca Green's illustrations are wonderfully rich and full of discovery. A gift for every good creature.

Leila


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