A unique and beautiful children's guide to the extraordinary world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees.
We couldn't live without plants. We need them for food, shelter, even the air we breathe, yet we know surprisingly little about them. Why do thistles bristle with spines? How do some plants trap and eat insects? Did you know there are trees more than 5,000 years old? Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds explores the mysterious world of plants to find the answers to these and many more questions.
Each type of plant – such as a flowering plant, a tree, a grass, or cactus – is examined close-up, with an example shown from all angles and even in cross-section. Then picture-packed galleries show the wonderful variety of plants on different themes, perhaps the habitat they grow in, a flower family, or the plants that supply us with our staple foods. But Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds also takes a fun, more sideways look at some truly weird and wonderful plants, including trees with fruits like a giant's fingers, orchids that look like monkey faces, seeds that spin like helicopters, and trees that drip poison.
So open this fascinating book and find out more about the amazing world of trees, leaves, flowers, and seeds.
Sarah Jose (author) is a science writer and editor, who left the botany laboratory to share her deep love of plants with the world. Dr Jose has previously collaborated on DK's beautiful book Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants. Chris Clennett (consultant) is a professional horticulturist and botanist. Dr Clennett has written books, scientific papers, and plant profiles, and was the Wakehurst garden manager in West Sussex for more than 30 years.