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Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland Paperback – Illustrated, 15 April 2011

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0870716026
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0870716027
  • Customer reviews:
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"As an adult, Henry David Thoreau may have had his Walden. Annie Dillard inhabited her Tinker Creek. But as a child, Bob Pyle became his High Line Canal-an accidental wilderness, he called it, surrounded by urban wasteland. "A ditch, a ravine, a cluster of trees at the end of the cul de sac, an empty (filled!) lot; to an adult's eyes, such nearby nature may seem insignificant. But to a child, these places can be doorways into whole galaxies. They're as important to human experience as wilderness, and formative to nearly every conservationists' consciousness." - Richard Louv, from the new Foreword "Pyle has written an engrossing story of at least two levels: a charming memoir of his youth on the canal and a sobering account of uncontrolled development and loss of habitat." - Publishers Weekly "The Thunder Tree was a huge, hollow old cottonwood in which the author and his brother once found shelter as children from a life-threatening hailstorm. The tree grew along the High Line Canal, built in the late 19th century as part of a grand plan to bring river water to the Western plains for irrigation. Only a portion of the canal was ever built, but that portion happened to run through the city of Aurora, Colorado, where the author lived as a child and young adult ... this book is about the relationship between people and natural areas and how each affects the other." - Library Journal "Never preachy, never cloying: a powerful and memorable example of place writing." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of Mariposa Road, Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which received a John Burroughs Medal. He lives in Southwest Washington.

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