WILDFLOWER FIELD GUIDE AND PRESS FOR KIDS
Carol Anne Campbell
Volume 21 Number 5
I was surprised at how accurate and instructive such a small booklet could be. The guide measures 5 inches square and the press is 7 inches square. The press has space for at least three flowers to be dried at one time. There are eight pages of blotting paper in the press I received.
Thirty-one plant species are described in the guide. Items covered for each plant include colour illustration, Latin and common name, alternate names, size, habitat, blooming time, field notes, famous relations, food lore or animal appeal, and pressing notes.
The wildflowers are grouped by their most common colour. Twenty-nine pages have been devoted to information on topics such as methods of identification, dangers of collecting, "pressing" ideas, and care of wildlife. There is a table of contents but no index. I do not know why the yellow flowers have been shown in two different areas of the booklet. Possibly this is due to the petal arrangements, but the distinction is not made obvious for the reader.
When I first saw the size and scope of the booklet and press, I was not impressed. However, it is an excellent introduction to the young would-be botanist. I do not believe this to be a practical item for the average library to loan out to readers, but it would be a delight for individual ownership. The concept could easily be copied by a classroom teacher and for that reason it should be considered for the teacher resource shelf.
Parents who wish to instill conservation ideals in the minds of their children would find this a useful resource.
Hugh A. Cook in Maple, Ontario, is a retired North York elementary librarian.
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