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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Botany

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Botany List

  • Biology of Plants (Hardcover)
    by Peter H. Raven (Author), Ray F. Evert (Author), Susan E. Eichhorn (Author)
    ISBN: 0716710072
    Long acclaimed as the definitive introductory botany text for majors, Biology of Plants is especially known for its comprehensive coverage and its magnificent art program. The new edition offers a wealth of new information, especially in the areas of taxonomy, genomics, plant hormones, and Arabidopsis research. College level, secular textbook.
  • Botany Coloring Book, The
    by Paul G. Young
    ISBN: 0064603024
    An exciting new approach to learning about botany. Teaches the structure and function of plants and surveys the entire plant kingdom.
  • Botany Illustrated: Introduction to Plants, Major Groups, Flowering Plant Families
    by Janice Glimn-Lacy (Author), Peter B. Kaufman (Author)
    ISBN: 0387288708
    This easy-to-use book helps you acquire a wealth of fascinating information about plants. There are 130 pages with text, each facing 130 pages of beautiful illustrations. Each page is a separate subject. Included is a coloring guide for the realistic illustrations. The illustration pages are composed of scientifically accurate line drawings with the true sizes of the plants indicated. Using colored pencils and the authorsĺ instructions, you can color the various plant structures to stand out in vivid clarity. Your knowledge of plants increases rapidly as you color the illustrations.

    There is a balanced selection of subjects that deal with all kinds of plants. However, the emphasis is on flowering plants, which dominate the earth. Drawings show common houseplants, vegetables, fruits, and landscape plants. They also show common weeds, wild flowers, desert plants, water plants, and crop plants.
  • Botany of Desire, The: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
    by Michael Pollan
    ISBN: 0375760393
    Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them? While the question is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is unique. The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication.

    In making his point, Pollan focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. He uses the history of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) to illustrate how both the apple's sweetness and its role in the production of alcoholic cider made it appealing to settlers moving west, thus greatly expanding the plant's range. He also explains how human manipulation of the plant has weakened it, so that "modern apples require more pesticide than any other food crop." The tulipomania of 17th-century Holland is a backdrop for his examination of the role the tulip's beauty played in wildly influencing human behavior to both the benefit and detriment of the plant (the markings that made the tulip so attractive to the Dutch were actually caused by a virus). His excellent discussion of the potato combines a history of the plant with a prime example of how biotechnology is changing our relationship to nature. As part of his research, Pollan visited the Monsanto company headquarters and planted some of their NewLeaf brand potatoes in his garden--seeds that had been genetically engineered to produce their own insecticide. Though they worked as advertised, he made some startling discoveries, primarily that the NewLeaf plants themselves are registered as a pesticide by the EPA and that federal law prohibits anyone from reaping more than one crop per seed packet. And in a interesting aside, he explains how a global desire for consistently perfect French fries contributes to both damaging monoculture and the genetic engineering necessary to support it.

    Pollan has read widely on the subject and elegantly combines literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific references with engaging anecdotes, giving readers much to ponder while weeding their gardens. --Shawn Carkonen, Amazon.com
  • Exploring Creation With Botany
    by Jeannie Fulbright
    ISBN: 1932012494
    This book begins with a lesson on the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many different kinds of plants in Creation and where these plants belong in the plant classification system. Grades K-6.
  • Growing with Gardening: A Twelve-month Guide for Therapy, Recreation, and Education
    by Bibby Moore
    ISBN: 0807842427
    Growing with Gardening offers step-by-step guidance in planning a year-round horticultural program for therapy, recreation, or education. Developed under the auspices of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, it features more than 250 activities, organized by month, ranging from designing a raised plant bed and building a wheelchair-accessible garden to constructing a plant press and creating crafts from natural plant materials. More than 200 illustrations complement the clear, concise text.
  • Introduction to Botany (Hardcover)
    by Murray Nabors
    ISBN: 0805344160
    Introduction to Botany's comprehensive coverage captures readers' attention by showing them why plants are a fascinating and essential part of their everyday lives. The clear, concise text focuses on four major themes┬┐lants and people, conservation biology, evolution, and biotechnology┬┐nd gives readers practical and relevant information about the world of botany. Thematic boxes throughout each chapter further highlight the relationship between plants and readers' lives. Nabors' clear and engaging writing style keeps students interested in the science without ever becoming encyclopedic. Plants & people, conservation biology, evolution, and biotechnology. For college instructors, students, and anyone interested in plant biology or botany.
  • Laboratory Topics in Botany (Loose Leaf)
    by Ray F. Evert (Author), Susan E. Eichhorn (Author), William A. Russin (Author)
    ISBN: 0716762056
    Offers several exercises within each topic that can be selected for coverage that suits individual course needs. Questions and problems follow each topic. This edition includes new topics, new exercises, and refinements and updating throughout.
  • Microscope Slide Set Plants

    ISBN: B000HPLPIO
    Set of 12 prepared microscope slides of plants including camellia, pine and more.
  • Photographic Atlas for the Botany Laboratory , A
    by Samuel R. Rushforth (Author), Robert R. Robbins (Author), John L. Crawley (Author), Kent M. Van De Graaff (Author)
    ISBN: 0895827700
    This full-color photographic atlas provides clear photographs and drawings of tissues and organisms similar to specimens seen in a botany laboratory. It is designed to accompany any botany (or biology) text or laboratory manual used in the classroom. It provides a balanced visual representation of the major groups of botanical organisms. Care has been taken to construct completely labeled, informative figures and parts of organisms are depicted clearly and accurately. The terminology used matches that found in college botany texts.

    Several dissections are provided to give you a guide on how to proceed in the lab. In addition, many photomicrographs and photos of living specimens are included. These figures will enhance your understanding of plant anatomy and classification.
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