Threads from the Web of Life: Stories in Natural History

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Vanderbilt University Press, Feb 10, 2006 - Science - 176 pages
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In sixteen stories Steve Daubert pulls the reader into the mystery and immediacy of ecological processes spanning a range from microscopic to tectonic, from microscopic to cosmic forces. Each tale brings the reader into the moment to witness an episode of survival in the wild first-hand. The material is presented on a level of intimacy and detail not usually encountered in other styles of natural history writing.
These creative non-fiction stories provide not just a bird's eye view (though that's true for the owls, warblers, condors, and hummingbirds in the book), but a wasp's eye view, a mouse's, a sea turtle's, a squid's. Sometimes the focus is as small as the detritus on the forest floor, or a single beat of the wing of a gull. Other stories range across evolutionary time. From whales and dinosaurs to creatures invisible to the naked eye, author and illustrator bring to life the dynamic interplay of living, evolving creatures and the natural forces that have shaped their worlds.
The book includes chapter notes that document the scientific basis for each story and describe the controversies still surrounding some of them -- a splendid resource for families to read and share.

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User Review  - lg4154 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. The author is very descriptive and each chapter was really short. I loved the pictures and the writing equally well. I recommend it to students and adults alike, especially ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helcura - LibraryThing

This delightful book is rather like a rich dessert, best ingested in small portions so that one can fully enjoy each bite. The book consists of short stories, each describing a moment in an ecosystem ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

The book is the result of an unusual collaboration between two brothers, one an "artistic scientist," the other a "scientific artist." Stephen Daubert has pursued science on the molecular level for thirty years at the University of California, Davis. His brother Chris Daubert is Professor of Art at Sacramento City College.

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