July 14, 2011

Plant explorers

If you've ever wondered where exotic plants come from, the following books will enlighten you.

For ages 7-10:

Twelve short stories about adventurers who risked their lives to collect plant specimens from around the world.

They include Robert Fortune, who fought off pirates in China; Joseph Hooker, who was kidnapped in India; Marianne North, who braved treacherous roads in Brazil; and Frank Kingdon Ward, who survived a hellish trip through the jungles of Burma. 

For teens:

An amazing and riveting story about obsessive orchid hunters and the lengths they will go to to obtain that one perfect specimen. Espionage, intrigue, and secrecy abound.

For ages 13 and up.

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