Monday, April 25, 2022

Book Review: Into the Forest

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and maybe... you got to take a stroll in the forest... see what I did there? 

Into the Forest - Susan Tyler Hitchcock

For millennia, trees have offered renewal and inspiration. They have provided for humanity on every level, from spiritual sanctuary to the raw material for our homes, books, and food. In this beautiful and revealing book, National Geographic combines legendary photography with cutting-edge science to illuminate exactly how trees influence the life of planet Earth—from our personal lives to the weather cycle. Beautifully illustrated essays tell the stories of the world’s most remarkable trees, from Tane Mahura in New Zealand, the ancient Maori "lord of the forest," to Pando, a single aspen spreading over 100 acres: Earth’s largest living thing. You’ll also discover how an astronaut carried tree seeds to the moon and back; the reason "microdosing" on tree gas is a sure way to boost your immune system; and why playing in the dirt boosts serotonin, happiness hormone.

For nature and science enthusiasts, as well as photography lovers, Into the Forest is a beautiful and edifying gift to give or cherish.

If ever you want to feel like a teeny, tiny speck of nothing, go walk in any forest. I've been in all kinds of forests and just looking out to never ending trees will really take your breath away. 10/10, highly recommend, it's really calming. 

It goes without saying, this book is chock full of amazing photographs that will make you want to pack your bags and find a forest, any forest. Some of these photos made me feel the cool air you would feel in a forest, and I almost got the same soothing feeling I would get if I was actually in a forest. Aside from the photos, the book is divided into six chapters (Tree, Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Forest) so you really get the full educational experience about trees. You'll learn about the dangers of the environmental changes that in turn effect the trees, which effects literally every aspect of our lives and the Earth. 

While this likely isn't the kind of book you're going to read cover to cover, this is a great book that you will find yourself immersed in because of all of the information coming at you. It's another amazing book from our friends at National Geographic. A huge thank you to them, and TLC Book Tours, for having me on this tour and sending me a copy for review. I cannot wait to get into the forest this summer and look at things in a completely different light. 

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