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Wild & Precious Book

Wild & Precious Book
Wild & Precious brings together treasures from a series of road trips traveled by photographer Jesse Burke and his daughter Clover to explore the natural world. To encourage a connection between his child and nature, Burke used these adventures to give her an education that he considers essential—one that develops appreciation, respect, conservation, and self-confidence. Together this father-and-daughter team studied beaches, land, sky, and animals. While on the road, they documented the routes they drove, the landscapes they discovered, the creatures they encountered, even the roadside motels where they slept. This book is as much about love and parenting as it is a hands-on training manual of new age environmentalism. Wild & Precious reveals the fragile, complicated relationship that humans share with nature and serves as a call to arms for parents and children everywhere: Get outside! Bookended by poetic letters the two wrote to one another, Wild & Precious is a modern-day love story between parent and child, natural world and society. Burke writes, “I want my children to genuinely understand how magical the world we inhabit is and how we, as humans, are an integral part of the system. I want them to feel a deep connection to every aspect of their surroundings."

Published by Daylight Books
134 Color Plates
Custom camouflage linen hardcover and dust jacket
At Home In The Wild — Essay by Karen Irvine, Curator and associate director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Leaves, Dirt, & Woodsmoke — Essay by Ben Hewitt, Author of Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World
Poem by Dallas Clayton
Letters by Jesse and Clover Burke
Design by Ursula Damm

“Jesse Burke’s book is a wondrous work. His photos are all the more powerful because they show the discomfort and sometimes pain that children and the rest of us experience in nature, along with ecstatic joy.” — Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder