The Heartbeat of Trees by Peter Wohlleben: A Reed Reads! Book Rec

Where to find this book at Reed Memorial Library:

  • Adult non-fiction
  • Call number: 304.2 W826
  • View it on our catalog

The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bonds with Forests and Nature is the newest book published by Peter Wohlleben, author of many books, including The Hidden Life of Trees. Written in short chapters, this book explores a wide variety of topics relating to trees and forests. It begins by discussing human senses and why our sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing have evolved because of our history of forest dwelling.

Wohlleben uses personal anecdotes, tidbits from conversations with colleagues and friends, and formal research to explore topics such as the communication networks among trees, health benefits that trees provide for humans, and medicinal properties of nature’s elements, such as certain barks and leaves. Additionally, he explains the importance of preserving ancient forests and allowing nature to take care of itself, because nature is far more intelligent and purposeful than humans understand. If you’ve heard of forest bathing, the author also discusses this “trend,” and how people all over the world are spending time in forests to calm their nerves and relax their senses.

Although some of the facts and figures presented in this book may portray a grim future for forests, Wohlleben insists that what we need now is not despair, but hope. The more that people embrace the significance of trees and forests on this planet, the better the outcome is for all of us.

The Heartbeat of Trees is a compassionate insight into the complex nature of trees, one which will be sure to leave lasting lessons with the reader.

Also: Check out The Heartbeat of Trees as an ebook or audiobook on Hoopla!

Interesting facts:

  • It’s better to speak in normal decibel instead of whispering when hiking because then deer know you’re not a hunter.
  • You can “train” your eye to see long distances better by spending more time looking farther away.
  • The oldest living tree, Old Tjikko, is approximately 9,550 years old, in Sweden.

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