Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and other Sensory Wonders of Nature

Princeton Architectural. Mar. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781797222479. $27.50. NAT HIST
Many intricate, complete worlds made up of plants and creatures (often termed ecosystems), exist in their totality. They often go unnoticed because of their smallness, but they are more vital to Earth’s life and health than most realize. Naturalist Lawson (The Humane Gardener) introduces readers to the world of nature in “the wild” by describing, with great passion, how nature should and could exist together with humans, while also demonstrating how it is often threatened by them. In this work, Lawson, a reputable habitat consultant, groups vital details of nature by how humans most often recognize them: by using their five basic senses. Interwoven throughout are relatable personal experiences and prose that highlight her points, as well as many beautiful color illustrations that accent her descriptions. This author’s storytelling ability, along with vast, quality research that’s easy to understand, make this an important addition to public and academic libraries.
VERDICT It is an essential read for academics, students of the natural sciences, and readers concerned about the environment.
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