Children's LiteratureIn this title, part of the "Plants" series for children, Loves manages to make the subject of grasses interesting and beautiful, thanks to some lovely full color photographs of baboons, sheep, rabbits, gazelles, and pandas. While most children know that animals and humans eat grasses and grains, the fact that bamboo and hay have been used as building materials might surprise some readers. A few chapters, however, are needlessly complex and may frustrate some younger readers. Explanations of plant physiology, morphology, and reproduction seem particularly challenging. Most unfamiliar words, however, are printed in bold type and defined in the glossary; a simple index is also included. A chapter on how to make a "Hairy Henry" (sprouting grass seeds in a small nylon container) is fun, and the book concludes with an "Amazing Fact" about grasses. A good transition from picture books to an elementary science text, each book in the "Plant" series has identical organization. It is this familiarity that might attract budding young scientists. 2005, Chelsea House, Ages 7 to 9.