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Pamela Hickman
Illustrated by Judie Shore
Kids Can Press (or the Federa­tion of Ontario Naturalists, 1991. 96pp, paper, ISBN 1-55074-001-6 (cloth) $19.95, ISBN 1-55074-044-X (paper) $9.95. CIP

Grades 3 to 7/Ages 8 to 12

Reviewed by Marsha Kaiserman.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Somewhere between being born and reaching adulthood, we develop an appreciation of the world around us. We don't necessarily understand it, but we appreciate it. It is at this time that some of us start to grow plants indoors, start gardening and study biology. For children developing an interest in plants, choosing the right book can make all the difference.

The Federation of Ontario Naturalists has put together an excellent book for children eight and up. Plantwise is full of information about plants and trees from root to crown. In addition to the facts, there are a number of entertaining and instructive experiments. My favourite involved making maple syrup. My children liked the one about using plants to dye their clothes.

One of the distinguishing features of this book is a section on how to help save plants from becoming extinct. In simple and uncomplicated terms, children learn that they can make a difference no matter how young they are. In today's world, this is an impor­tant message.

This is a book with wide appeal. Adults and children will spend many enjoyable hours reading, learning and experimenting.

Highly recommended.

Marsha Kaiserman, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Ottawa, Ont.
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