The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion

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McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, 2006 - Nature - 136 pages
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The Teeth of the Lion tells the story of the common dandelion, that remarkably widespread plant that is known, for better or worse, by just about everybody. Through a series of short essays, written in accessible language and a thoroughly engaging style, Anita Sanchez takes the reader on a journey through the natural history of the dandelion and its long association with humans. Joan Jobson s illustrations add important details and subtle accents that enhance this journey. Well adapted ecologically to spread into and thrive within disturbed sites -- such as the lawns, playgrounds, roadsides, and parking lots in which they are most often encountered today, and viewed as weeds -- dandelions also have had a lengthy, welcomed association with humans as medicine, food, and objects of ritual, magic, and folklore. The Teeth of the Lion will be a source of enjoyable, fascinating, memorable information of interest to all users. It will provide naturalists, wildflower enthusiasts, gardeners, interpreters, teachers, landscapers, and homeowners a better understanding of one of the most common, well-known, and perhaps underappreciated plants to be found anywhere.

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About the author (2006)

Anita Sanchez was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in upstate New York. She holds a B.A. degree in Conservation from Vassar College (1977), and has worked as an environmental educator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation since 1977. Since 1984, Anita has been based at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Albany, New York, where presently she serves as Senior Environmental Educator. She lives in Amsterdam, New York, with her husband (also an environmental educator) and two sons.

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