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    Early Spring An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

    Amy Seidel's book, Early Spring is a beautifully crafted glimpse of her life in Vermont. Each chapter highlights an element of her environment;Weather, Gardens, Forests,etc.and is headed with a quote by the author of Silent Sprint, Rachel Carson.
    The first two chapters, Weather and Gardens captured my interest which later carried me through the more detailed pages of her book. When Amy describes how her two daughters, Helen and Celia learn about their environment, as all children do through observation, I recalled how my Aunt let me 'play' among her plants, teaching me along the way. For many of us unfortunately our environmental education stops in our youth. Early Spring sparks our curiosity again.
    For those curious about climate change or global warming there is more substance; such as the description of C3 and C4 plants,named for how they respond to elevated carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Amy weaves both observation and science into a narration of the climate changes in Vermont today. She does this in such a way that educates and entertains, explaining carbon farming and phenology as well as her daughter's experiences in capturing caterpillars watching them morph into butterflies.
    Early Spring left this reader feeling more connected to nature and wanting to learn more.

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