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This somewhat whimsical book contains a vast amount of useful information that will be of interest primarily to souvenir spoon and novelty silver collec-tors. The basis for the book is the author¿s collection of 137 souvenir spoons. Their handles, and some bowls, are illustrated in a thematic children¿s alphabet comprising the first section of the book. This fifty-seven page section is designed to function as a ¿quality time¿ point-and-read-together picture book for small children and adults. The illustrations, printed mostly over-life-size on glossy enameled paper, should engage the imagina-tion of most small children, for they depict the won-derfully weird imagery of popular souvenir spoons: from alligators, bears, and cowboys on through the alphabet to a complete set of zodiac spoons. (Some of the ¿difficult¿ alphabet letters provide the most fun, like the set of five Dionne portrait spoons illustrating Q, for Quints. I will make you buy the book to dis-cover the ¿fishy¿ solution found for X.) The story that strings this alphabet together, Mother and Father Spoon taking Baby Spoon to choose a new ¿grown-up¿ handle, is a bit forced in its spoon jokes, but sweetly gentle, and should cause less wear and tear on the adult reader than does any episode of Barney or the Care Bears. The second, larger section of the book provides extensive commentary on each of the spoons, which are numbered for easy reference to this text. Full de-scriptions of the spoons and illustrations of their or-namental bowls are included in the Commentary, with extensive notes on the historical or touristic lore associated with their imagery and on their manufac-turers. These notes are in turn heavily footnoted and referenced with a miscellany of additional useful in-formation, trivia, and suggestions for further research. Manufacturing and distribution dates are included when known. I am thoroughly impressed by the authors determination to include as much information as they can; this work is clearly the product of many years¿ collecting, study, and contemplation. One false note sounds for me in a bit of nomen-clature used throughout the Commentary: I was here-tofore unaware that anyone calls the finial terminating a spoon handle its caput. The term caput, Latin for head, is more conventionally used to describe ana-tomical and botanical features, such as the flaring end of a thigh bone or the fruiting body of a fungus. My silver glossaries and The Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware do not include this descriptor for spoons, and I would have preferred to see the more generally understood term finial in its place. That critical point having been picked at, I am nonetheless happy to commend this unusual and pleasantly personal book to collectors, historians, and parents alike. Review from Silver Magazine July/August, 1998 ¿ Will Chandler