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The Teeth of the Lion -Reviews


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"Readers will gain appreciation for this humble species..." - Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer; excerpt from Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library


"...a fascinating and surprising look at a common yet mysteriously notable plant." - Excerpt from The Ecobeetle Eco-Library -- Books for Kids, 2007


"An enchanting and fascinating read, highly recommended for plant lovers of all walks of life." - Excerpt from The Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, March 2007


"...the flower has a champion. Anita Sanchez.... The book explores the history of the flower--once revered and valued for its medicinal qualities--and how it became the much maligned 'weed' that homeowners douse with pesticides to banish from lawns.... The book is a swift-moving and elegantly written ode to the dandelion, steeped in botanical and environmental history. It's also prescient to this era of new eco-consciousness and sustainability without being overbearing or sanctimonious. Plus, it's a really nice read for a summer day." - Excerpt from Times Union, Albany, NY, Donna Liquori, freelance writer, July 1, 2007


"Need gift suggestions? I have a great one for you--this book. Whether one hates dandelions with a passion, can tolerate them, or even eat them, this book is a fascinating insight into the world of the dandelion. ...Being a native Pennsylvanian, I was surprised to learn that one of the sayings of the Pennsylvania Dutch was that, 'if you eat dandelion on Maundy Thursday (early Spring) you'll be healthy all year.' Little did they know that behind this saying is the fact that, 'dandelions are a vitamin powerhouse.' Sanchez backs this with surprising factual information...--this humble plant offers a wealth of gifts. After reading this book, the reader will have a totally different perspective of the dandelion. The recipients of your gift will be delighted, Be sure to treat yourself too." - Shirley Dumbold, Federated Garden Clubs of New York State newsletter, The News, Winter 2006-2007, Vol. 78, No. 3


The Teeth of the Lion is pleasant, light reading, and also provides an interesting look at history and ecology. Sanchez has used a number of techniques to make this thoroughly readable.... She also gives lots of scientific facts, which are always clearly explained, about how the plant is so successful at growing and spreading. Her scientific explanations include why it is so hard to get rid of dandelions in the lawn, and she gives a suggestion of how to do it easily and safely. ...I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a light read, or a book to introduce some simple ecology and history." - Nancy Duran, Agriculture Subject Specialist Librarian, Texas A&M University, Medical Science Library, excerpt from E-STREAMS, Vol. 10, No. 1 - January 2007


"Gardeners and anyone with an interest in nature will enjoy this book. I guarantee you will never look at the dandelions in your lawn the same way again. In fact, you might find yourself considering the dandelion as an addition to your dinner salad or perhaps making a toast with dandelion wine." - Shane Smith, Director Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, excerpt from Cheyenne Garden Gazette, Winter 2006-07


"Sanchez...is much more than a historian. She writes beautifully, on a topic that most of us would not have thought worth pursuing until we discovered this book. It is difficult to write of The Teeth of the Lion without quoting from it." ... "For anyone on your Christmas list who fancies a good read, whether they have any interest in horticulture and gardening or not, The Teeth of the Lion will make a fine gift." - Tony P. Wrenn, excerpt from "In a Virginia Garden," The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA


"This book is fascinating as it traces some of the history of dandelions. You will find everything you ever wanted to know about dandelions between the covers of this book. I suspect reading it will cause you to STOP using pesticides or weed diggers when it appears in your lawns. You might even want to grow a row of it in your gardens this next summer. After reading about the vitamins found in dandelions, and all of the uses of their flowers, stems, leaves, and roots, I searched online for a source for organically grown dandelion seeds. Next summer I will be growing the "French Improved" variety...." - Diana Pederson, Editor, BellaOnline's Christian Literature, January 2007