Yesterday I had a thrill. DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY was in to sign!! Authors come in often, but rarely is there a line–yesterday there was. I shouldn’t have been surprised because I used my two minutes to remind him of the rock-star signing he did for us in San Francisco during ALA when his SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRDS came out. It was a riot, literally. We totally lost control of the line and he was blinded by the flash bulbs!
His SIBLEY GUIDE TO TREES is just magnificent! I come from a family of tree-lovers. My Dad had a small nursery at one point and a low point of my childhood was when I didn’t speak to my family for two weeks when I was about 12, because they had to cut down the giant oak at the end of my grandmother’s walk that had been killed by mistletoe. I surprise myself all these years later by how many trees I can identify.
Sibley’s talents are amazing! Every tree, every leaf, every seed pod, what the bark looks like, where they grow…more than 4,100 illustrations! This is for EVERY library collection, both reference and circulating. For anyone considering landscaping their yard. For anyone taking a trip to a National Park. For anyone taking a walk down their street. For all tree lovers. OK, enough already.
Just to end, in addition to getting a personally signed copy–I have one precious signed copy to give away. Write in with a comment and I’ll pick someone to get this classic.
And now I have to go and water my 6 ft. tall corn plant (the closest thing to a tree in our office).