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Describes how flowers grow from seed to plant, discusses pollination, how new varieties are created, how modern science aids the orchid grower, and how flower seeds are grown and harvested

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Ever since I was a child I've loved nature and animals. I spent my time out of doors, picking flowers and scooping tadpoles out of ponds. So it's no wonder I studied biology and became an author myself of the kind of gifts I loved when I was young, books about nature. I've expanded into other fascinating areas of nonfiction, too, especially historical topics of the American west, such as Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.

The lives of wolves and dogs especially fascinate me. Scientists consider them the same species, but wolves are so successful at being wild, and dogs have done a great job of attaching themselves to humans in so many ways. I've explored this relationship from different angles in recent books--"Dog On Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus-Riding Dog," "The Right Dog for the Job: Irah's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog," "Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance," "Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond," and "Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job."

My one fiction, "Return of the Wolf," available in a Kindle edition, shows how wolves live in the wild. If you read this book, you'll recognize behavior your dog shares with its wild cousin, such as submissive or dominant behavior. "When the Wolves Return: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone" demonstrates the importance of wolves to the natural ecosystem.

My interest in animals goes beyond canines--"Decorated Horses," for young readers, explores a number of ways people over time have decorated their horses for different reasons, and "The Call of the Osprey" explores not only the life of this amazing bird but also research at the University of Montana on dangerous heavy metals deposited in the Clark Fork River from past mining operations through measurements of these substances in the blood of osprey chicks.

My work has given me the gift of travel to all sorts of fascinating places such as the Galapagos Islands, the Costa Rican Rain Forest, the arctic tundra, and more. Since my favorite activity is learning new information, I plan to keep traveling and writing for many years ahead.

To learn more about me and my books, visit my website, www.DorothyHinshawPatent.com, and my blog, www.DogWriterDorothy.com.

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