The Field Guide to Fields: Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Prairies, and Pastures

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In the tradition of National Geographic's authoritative nature guides—and yet charmingly distinctive in style—this one-of-a-kind resource celebrates fields—our rural treasures—and paints a vivid picture of the many roles they have played in natural and human history. A lively text combines science, folklore, botany, food, and travel in fine storytelling style.

More than 70 color photographs and illustrations reveal the beauty and diversity of fields, including vibrant ...

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Overview

In the tradition of National Geographic's authoritative nature guides—and yet charmingly distinctive in style—this one-of-a-kind resource celebrates fields—our rural treasures—and paints a vivid picture of the many roles they have played in natural and human history. A lively text combines science, folklore, botany, food, and travel in fine storytelling style.

More than 70 color photographs and illustrations reveal the beauty and diversity of fields, including vibrant woodcut-style art evoking meadows, prairies, and pastures through the seasons. Illustrated plant identification pages give vital information on 22 of the world's top field flora, from oats and barley to the wild rose, from sugar cane to soya beans.

For all who cherish rural traditions the world around … who appreciate a do-it-yourself approach to life … or who simply enjoy being close to the earth and its bounty, this friendly guide will feel like a breath of fresh air.

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“…so much more than a field guide, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history…” –McClatchy Newspapers (The Buffalo News)
 
“It claims to be a field guide, and indeed it is, a primer on the bucolic treasure that is the meadow, prairie, pasture or plain. But [it] is so much more, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history of the middle space (between hunting ground and sleeping cave) where wilderness was tamed and civilization was birthed.” –Oklahoman
 
“Not only is this a compendium that makes us want to curl up in a comfy cove, it’s so packed with deliciousness we want to tuck it in our backpack and haul it everywhere…each page and paragraph is rich; all told storyteller-style.” –The Chicago Tribune
 
 “…unique, succinct, yet comprehensive resource celebrates the folklore and chronicles the flora and fauna that comprise the stunning variety of field habitats across the globe.” –Booklist
 
“Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress.” –Living the Scientific Life/ Birdbooker Report (http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2010/03/birdbooker_report_109.php)
 
“The illustrations alone are worth the price of this 224-page paperback.” –The Record (New Jersey)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426205088
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,400,014
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Field Forebears 8

Chapter 2 Shaping the Landscape 32

Chapter 3 Brave New Worlds 60

Chapter 4 Field Flora 84

Chapter 5 Field Fauna 110

Chapter 6 Tools and Technology 142

Chapter 7 Nature's Bounty 168

Chapter 8 Field Folklore 194

Glossary 220

Bibliography 221

Index 222

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