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Herbs
     

Herbs

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by Lesley Bremness, Cally Hall
 

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These Dorling Kindersley Handbook titles have been updated, and given a fresh new look. The series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. They are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Each title in the series contains over 500 full-color illustrations and crystal-clear photographs precisely annotated to make

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These Dorling Kindersley Handbook titles have been updated, and given a fresh new look. The series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. They are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Each title in the series contains over 500 full-color illustrations and crystal-clear photographs precisely annotated to make identification simple and accurate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gifted English writer and herb-garden designer Bremness (Complete Book of Herbs) here produces a work of some interest, but little use. In an attempt to fit more than 700 herbs from all over the world into one glossy little book, no aspect of plant knowledge is more than merely touched upon. Although the photographs are numerous and crystal-clear, this is not a dependable field guide for plant identification, nor does it tell us what we can do with the herbs, in spite of many references to what they have been used for in various parts of the world. Editorial consultant Holly Shimizu's introduction makes wonderful reading, covering plant anatomy and much else. While the main entries include clear illustrations of what the entire plant looks like-a feature lacking in some other herb books-we don't learn whether the herb in question can be coaxed to grow for us. Beautiful it is, but the book isn't useful enough. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Comprehensive, accurate, attractive, and useful are all ways to describe this newest addition to the "Eyewitness Handbooks" series. Over 700 plant species from around the world that have known medicinal value derived from some part of the plant are covered in this compact work by Bremness, a well-known herbalist and author. After a brief introduction to herbs and their useful parts (leaves, roots), each plant is described in a concise entry arranged by scientific name within sections covering trees, shrugs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, vines, and non-seed producing plants. Annotated photos of the individual plant and its parts convey significant characteristics valuable in utilizing and identifying the plant, while the text provides a variety of information on the plant itself and its uses. As a browser's delight, a useful herbal handbook, or a quick reference source, this is a welcome addition to any library with a perennially popular herbs section.-Teresa Elberson, Lafayette P.L., La.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-Seven hundred species of herbs are presented through full-color photographs and artwork. Each section- trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials, vines, and fungi and non-seed bearing plants-is arranged alphabetically. Each entry identifies botanical and common species name and provides a physical description, uses, related forms and varieties, key identifying features, natural habitat, and detailed pictures. This is a handbook for knowledgeable herbalists as well as for beginners. The latter should be cautioned since the notations concerning toxic or poisonous plants and dangerous dosages are buried in the text. An excellent guide when coupled with competent instruction.-Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564584960
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Series:
Eyewitness Handbooks Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.78(d)

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Herbs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was done very well. The pictures as well as the comprehensive guides make it easy to find and identify all types of Herbs as well as find intresting information about them. The best part about the book is that besides giving you both the scientific name the species and the common name it also gives you ways to tell very similar plants alike. This book deserves five stars because of its high quality of reaserch as well as its ease to users.