The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

Hardcover, 288 pages

English language

Published Jan. 24, 2016 by Greystone Books.

ISBN:
9781771642484

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4 stars (16 reviews)

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.

Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind …

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Review of 'The Hidden Life of Trees' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

An excellent book - humorous and thoughtful - that gives an introduction to a philosophy of forestry that is becoming more popular in recent years. Wohlleben crafts the book in short chapters, each one with an introduction to an aspect of trees, that is kept at an accessible level throughout. If any complaint can be made, it is that sometimes it is too accessible, dangling ideas temptingly before switching to another topic. But there is enough information elsewhere to supplement.

From communication through fungi, smell and sound, to the nurturing of trees by their parents, this book opens a world of the forest that helps change a perspective of trees.

One note: the irritating use of imperial measurements in the English translation makes it hard for us metric-minded to keep up - I assume the German original had metric so the choice was for American readers I guess, but both …

Review of 'The Hidden Life of Trees' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I did enjoy the conversational style of this book and how the author anthropomorphizes trees to bring them closer to our understanding, while basking in the awe of their differences.

But I just didn't find the sentences flowed well, making it difficult to sustain attention and interest when reading on a crowded bus on my way to and from work.

This isn't to say that it isn't a worthy read, if you are into trees. There were many spots of illumination throughout. But still waiting for an author to do for trees what [b:Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel|22320456|Beyond Words What Animals Think and Feel|Carl Safina|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1415428650s/22320456.jpg|41714030] does for animals.

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