This masterpiece is absolutely jam packed with information; the author, Jacqueline Memory Paterson, making use of every square inch of each page. Each chapter focuses on a specific tree, studying them using six different categories titled: 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱, 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰, 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, and 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀.
There’s an excellent balance of content from scientific information and illustrations to aid in identifying each species of tree, to the author’s personal anecdotes and experience in interpreting the historical context and spiritual meaning of the trees.
Paterson is incredibly purposeful in her writing. She doesn’t divulge any information or explore any tangents without explaining their relevance. She is also very expressive, making her pure love for nature evident. She speaks in beautifully articulated metaphors and gives us intricate descriptions of nature with vivid sensory detail (it's like you're standing right next to her while she guides you in foraging these deep connections with your surrounding environment).
My absolute favourite concept explored in this book is the idea of 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗸, storing data gained from observing the life lived around them. Paterson consistently champions that by working with trees, their memories emerge, deepening our ancestral bond and illuminating their inherent divinity.
𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝘀𝗱𝗼𝗺 by Jacqueline Memory Paterson is amazing, stunning, incredible and she 𝙞𝙨 the moment. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection.