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quotes Seeds of Hope , litcharts Seeds of Hope , symbolism Seeds of Hope , summary shmoop Seeds of Hope , Seeds of Hope c363dd41 Renowned Naturalist And Bestselling Author Jane Goodall Examines The Critical Role That Trees And Plants Play In Our World In Her Wise And Elegant New Book, Jane Goodall Blends Her Experience In Nature With Her Enthusiasm For Botany To Give Readers A Deeper Understanding Of The World Around UsLong Before Her Work With Chimpanzees, Goodall S Passion For The Natural World Sprouted In The Backyard Of Her Childhood Home In England, Where She Climbed Her Beech Tree And Made Elderberry Wine With Her Grandmother The Garden Her Family Began Then, She Continues To Enjoy Today SEEDS OF HOPE Takes Us From England To Goodall S Home Away From Home In Africa, Deep Inside The Gombe Forest, Where She And The Chimpanzees Are Enchanted By The Fig And Plum Trees They Encounter She Introduces Us To Botanists Around The World, As Well As Places Where Hope For Plants Can Be Found, Such As The Millennium Seed Bank, Where One Billion Seeds Are Preserved She Shows Us The Secret World Of Plants With All Their Mysteries And Potential For Healing Our Bodies As Well As Planet EarthLooking At The World As An Adventurer, Scientist, And Devotee Of Sustainable Foods And Gardening And Setting Forth Simple Goals We Can All Take To Protect The Plants Around Us Jane Goodall Delivers An Enlightening Story Of The Wonders We Can Find In Our Own Backyards


10 thoughts on “Seeds of Hope

  1. says:

    Having my degree in environmental science, when I saw this book up for grabs on NetGalley, I immediately requested it Overall, I d say that I was pleased by Seeds of Hope I learned a lot, and Jane Goodall s passion for the plant world and for nature itself shines through her words This book will definitely appeal to certain types of people, but I would still recommend it for those who might be a little wary Jane Goodall s writing is very reader friendly, and I think that the general public will find this book easy to read, as well as interesting I particularly enjoyed how she wrote about a rather depressing subject GMOs, industrialization, etc without being overly preachy and while still offering hope for the future Honestly, as I read, I definitely felt the urge to get up and do something about it all The only thing that I wasn t a fan of was the fact that some of the chapters and the anecdotes seemed to be without smooth transitions It made it feel kinda choppy to read at times Seeds of Hope is jam packed with truly inspirational stories about the plant world, and it is filled with Jane Goodall s infectious passion for nature, as well as a lot to learn for readers If you are looking for some engaging nonfiction, I d definitely recommend this one This is a book to be read outside, maybe under the shade of a tree or amongst your favorite garden I received a free e galley of this book from the publisher through NetGalley This in no way affected my review.


  2. says:

    Rather disappointing on the whole The majority of the book consists of sketchy and fuzzy pseudo scientific statements which are rarely, if ever, backed up by vague semi scientific evidence On the other hand, her personal recollections of interactions with the natural world and its plants creatures are charming.Had Dr Goodall written a book about her childhood growing up among trees, her adolescence and early adulthood exploring the vastly different and yet fundamentally similar biomes of Great Britain and Tanzania, and her later years as a champion of biodiversity across the globe, I would have been quite content Indeed, at times I was enthralled by her descriptions of plants and places that I ve never seen, and her own continued sense of wonder toward the natural world Most people know Dr Goodall because of her work with chimpanzees, but she deserves recognition for her efforts toward reclamation of rain forests and grasslands from widespread clear cutting and urban development On the other hand, too much of the book is full of anecdotes which have absolutely no basis in scientific fact For example, she writes about meetings with a medicine man deep in the African jungle, a man who claims to have cured many people who were suffering from HIV with herbal medicine and plant extracts Testimony is not provided by his patients, and his medical supplies are not given to a laboratory which might be able to verify whether this man is actually successful or merely skilled at swindling others Goodall herself does not include any text to indicate her feelings on the matter the chapter simply ends In a later passage, she recounts a story provided to the Danish news media from a pig farmer who claims that he had been feeding genetically modified organisms GMO , namely soy based feed, to his pigs According to the farmer, his animals were afflicted with debilitating and life threatening health problems until he switched their food to non GMO products Miraculously, the animals became perfectly healthy within a year Were his claims verified by a trained veterinarian Did he submit his livestock for study by a review board Goodall doesn t say, but one would think that as a scientist herself she would be intensely interested in providing factual information to back up seemingly ludicrous statements Unfortunately, Dr Goodall s desire to expound upon her opinions appears to have outweighed her commitment to facts.I wish I could have enjoyed of this book, and it is possible that other readers may take away from it than I have I received a free ARC of this book through a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads This did not affect my review in any way.


  3. says:

    I received an advanced reader copy through a GoodReads giveaway I would not have finished the book if I did not feel it was my responsibility to give a free gift book a decent chance I give it 2.5 stars and rounded up because I personally did not really like it or feel it was memorable but I know that it will appeal to a certain type of earth loving person This just isn t my thing but I respect her and what she has to say.I will admit that I know very little about plants, shy away from most animals and especially don t like insects, so I went into this hoping to learn some new things I enjoyed certain parts of the book the first chapter really shows her child like way of looking at plants and made me feel a bit guilty about not knowing how many or what kinds of trees are outside my door, so I resolved to learn and observe about them She talks about plants and their tiny details the way my 5 year old gets excited about them, and that s a good lesson for us all I liked reading about plants that heal since medicine is my speed than the plant world and how some seeds need animal s to partially digest them or need to utilize fire before they can germinate The section on plant hunters was like a little textbook within the book interesting to read as long as I m not expected to remember those people I did, however, feel out of place when she talked about agriculture like it was the enemy I m sorry that farmers ruined some of the land she grew up around, but people need to eat, right I m not fully on either side but I felt a little pinch inside when she made it sound like industrialization was the end of the world as we know it For much of the book, I felt depressed and am glad it ended with some hope I liked the story of the tree that survived the atomic bomb and the tree that survived 9 11 Most of the book is long winded and slow going The anecdotes don t have transitions between them and it makes for a choppy read The captions are detailed and repeat what the text says, so you could probably get by in scanning the pictures without reading much of the book in most places I probably won t go plant a garden tomorrow or visit the jungles or rainforests of the world, but I will try to look closely at the plants growing in the sidewalk cracks, try to appreciate the tiny cottonwood blossoms outside my window, look for untarnished, perfect leaves as we hike, and maybe plan a trip to the Redwood forest.Overall, I found this was an easy book to put down and have no desire to pick up again I didn t hate it but I wouldn t necessarily recommend it either I say, go watch Disney s The Lorax and check out a good photography book about plants instead.


  4. says:

    I won this book in the Goodreads First Reads Program This book is an excellent introduction to the importance of plants Reading this book by Jane Goodall feels like you are sitting in a garden or a forest discussing plants with her The importance of plants and their future is presented in a very personal way It conveys the horrors that have been done to nature, and the hope that we can fix it I enjoyed reading this book Not only was the information presented in an engaging way, it also provides a variety of topics so anyone can discover what is important to them in nature If you like history there is information about people that have gathered and preserved plants, the discovery of different plants, and the history of farming If you care about how your coffee, tea, produce, or other plant related products are grown different methods of farming are discussed If you want to know what you can do to protect plants and nature, there are different programs mentioned you could get involved with if you like history, science, activism, or finding out what you can do in your own life with plants, you will find something in this book that will interest and inspire you.


  5. says:

    Yes, I have a signed Jane Goodall book be jealous This book was amazing and really inspired me to make changes in my lifestyle I never knew plants could be so interesting


  6. says:

    There are portions of this book that are truly inspiring and engrossing, but there are also portions of this book that read as naive sometimes painfully so The sections on controversial plants, especially, where Goodall emphasises repeatedly that poor plants are innocent but people are abusing them Eh.


  7. says:

    So enjoyable and educational This woman is a modern miracle.


  8. says:

    So, the only thing I ever really knew about Jane Goodall was that she was the lady who worked with chimpanzees That s it Turns out, she has done a lot than that And a lot of that had to do with plants.From an early age, Goodall loved plants, and even had a special tree at her grandmother s house While off fighting to save the chimpanzees she was studying the local vegetation as well In this book there are some accounts of her own experience, but it is also a book of history and current activities in regards to the plant world and the development of world crops She covers GMO s, plantations, poisonous plants, beneficial plants and much The actual book is broken into four parts My Love For the Natural World, which is just Goodall s history with plants Hunting, Gathering and Gardening, which talks about the different gardens and seed banks in the world and even has a special section on orchids Uses and Abuses of Plants, which includes sections on healing, drug plants, plantations, mono crops and GMO s And the Way Forward which shows what is going on now to help preserve some of the different plants of the world that are rapidly becoming extinct.Goodall is almost always polite When faced with distasteful topics she kind of side steps around the people who are making it bad and instead focuses on those who are doing good and making differences So nothing is scathing in this book in regards to anyone And a lot of her personal stories are very nice too It s easy to see she was close to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandmother and the garden that she had.This book covers some controversial topics Goodall is a pretty large name and she blasts GMO s and other crop practices pretty hard There s going to be some mad people as a result But, since I m anti GMO I m perfectly fine with what she has to say If you don t believe the same way though, you won t be happy You have been warned She did bring up a bunch of topics I knew nothing about and found incredibly interesting Like the amount of methane that is produced by rice paddies I always thought rice was a pretty good crop, but on a large scale that doesn t appear to be the case Just little facts like that make the book well worth reading And the pleasant tone, despite the hard topics, makes it very engaging and easy to read I enjoyed this book by Goodall and because of that would probably read of her books She takes an interesting topic and introduces readers to all parts of it This book was received as a Goodreads Giveaway Seeds of HopeCopyright 2014420 pagesReview by M Reynard 2014More of my reviews can be found at www.ifithaswords.blogspot.com


  9. says:

    I gave this book four stars because I thought Goodall did a very good job discussing practically every issue related to plants in a way that made them accessible to the lay person It s an easy book to read Also, it contains amazing, even beautiful, stories about individual plants and trees around the world and things that individuals and groups from various backgrounds have done or are doing to foster the healthy growth and continuing presence of vegetation on earth Goodall is both a spiritual and scientific person with a Ph.D s understanding, and all of this came across clearly.As far my enjoyment of the book goes, there are two or three chapters that I really enjoyed The last two, in particular, about humanity s destructiveness and constructiveness, that were both depressing and hopeful They were compelling for me I didn t find much of the rest of the book riveting Quite the opposite I had a hard time sticking with it for than 30 to 45 minutes This was due to Goodall s voice which was not appealing to me I don t want to say why because that might spoil it for those who might otherwise love it For me, I think I d rather hear her on the podium.Her opening chapter, in which she describes how she came to love plants and particularly a favourite beech tree, was wonderful It made me wonder for why she chose to study chimpanzees rather than trees.


  10. says:

    Read this book before looking at the reviews Apparently the release of this book was held back awaiting corrections and plagiarism concerns I was not on a fact checking mission when I started to read this but some outstanding dating issues started to appear as listed in the three examples shown within Page 75, Three hundred and fifty years have gone by since he published the results of his long deliberations in 1753, 1753 plus 350 makes the current year 2113Page 182 They collected, in 1878, samples Napoleonic conquest of Egypt, try 1798.Page 221, from near the Arctic to the Equator, from sea level to the plains of Tibet, four thousand miles above sea level Why be accurate a meter or a mile no big thing.With bloopers like this, was the editor sleep And how much of the internal debate about GMOs is objective


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