Drs. Elisabeth Schussler and Jim Wandersee are botanists and
biology educators who currently serve on the Faculty of Louisiana
State University. Not only are they researchers who are well-published
professionally, but they are also known for their nationwide
campaign (involving posters, a series of presentations, and editorials)
calling for focused efforts to eliminate what they call "the
public's plant blindness." They see this book as a small
part of the solution to this problem.
They define "plant blindness" as:
A.) the inability to see or notice the plants in one's environment;
B.) the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the
biosphere and in human affairs;
C.) the inability to appreciate the aesthetic and unique biological
features of the life forms that belong to the plant kingdom;
D.) the misguided, anthropocentric ranking of plants as inferior
to animals - and thus unworthy of serious consideration.
Their plant blindness campaign has recently received the prestigious
endorsement of The Botanical Society of America.
The two authors delight in visual approaches to science learning.
They co-founded the internationally recognized Giverny Award,
which is given annually by their 15 Degree Laboratory research
group to the author and illustrator of the book selected as the
best children's science picture book. Like Abby and Tate, Elisabeth
and Jim also enjoy working together and solving problems! They have dedicated the
book to their spouses, Charlie and Carol.