Book Review: Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson

Book Review: Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson

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: ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ, ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, and ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€.ย 

Thereโ€™s an excellent balance of content from scientific information and illustrations to aid in identifying each species of tree, to the authorโ€™s personal anecdotes and experience in interpreting the historical context and spiritual meaning of the trees.ย 

Paterson is incredibly purposeful in her writing. She doesnโ€™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).ย 

My absolute favourite concept explored in this book is the idea of ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ, 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.ย 

๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ by Jacqueline Memory Paterson is amazing, stunning, incredible and she ๐™ž๐™จ the moment. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection.

5/5 โ˜†

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