This is one of the most unusual and beautiful books we have ever carried — one of those rare books that is so filled with wonderful things to discover, and so well conceived, and so very, very well printed and bound that just holding it in your hand is enough to convince you that it is a treasure, in fact, something to be treasured for years and generations to come. It’s as though what is inside the covers is so powerful and true that it reaches out to you before you lay eyes on the first words.
Dick van Romunde was a Waldorf science teacher who felt that part of his task on earth was to show his readers the natural world, seen through eyes trained by Goethe and Steiner. And what a warm and fascinating journey he takes us on! Plant by plant, we look with him and listen as he tells us what he has found to be most significant, most at the heart of that form of life. It’s as though we were invited on a field trip with a naturalist who is as wise as he is learned, and who just loves to share what he knows.
This is a book that is lavishly illustrated — in general, you’ll find tasteful, elegant color drawings on every other page; yet, it is the text that keeps pulling my eyes away from the truly beautiful drawings. Yes, I know. I can hardly believe it either; in fact, I can’t think of another instance where something this has happened. But van Romunde’s insights and observations are so very engaging that I simply can’t take my eyes off them, even when I want to.
This is a book to cherish and return to over and over.
And by the way, the translation is as elegant as van Romunde’s work deserves — clear, clean English that flows like a river across the author’s thoughts.