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Poisonous Plants
     

Poisonous Plants

by Suzanne M. Coil
 

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The books in the highly praised First Book series provide basic facts on subjects in the social studies, the sciences, sports, and practical and fine arts. An inviting format, lively text, and interesting illustrations make these books especially popular with young readers. Each book is indexed and, where appropriate, includes a glossary, maps, further reading, and

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The books in the highly praised First Book series provide basic facts on subjects in the social studies, the sciences, sports, and practical and fine arts. An inviting format, lively text, and interesting illustrations make these books especially popular with young readers. Each book is indexed and, where appropriate, includes a glossary, maps, further reading, and bibliography.

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Gr 4-6-- Two introductory identification guides. Coil discusses a wide variety of common toxic plants, including those of the garden, house, and the wild. A particularly interesting chapter discusses how many of our common fruits and vegetables, such as rhubarb and lima beans, can be dangerous to eat if not prepared or cooked properly. The final chapter lists common-sense rules regarding the prevention of accidental poisoning. Throughout the book, each written description of a particular plant is accompanied by a watercolor sketch to aid in identification. Carol Lerner's Moonseed and Mistletoe: A Book of Poisonous Plants (Morrow, 1988) is also a fine introduction to this topic, although it contains fewer species. Picture Guide uses text and full-color photographs to help readers recognize various kinds of North American trees. Although the illustrations are very attractive, many are insufficient for identifying a particular species. Wiggers frequently mentions tree shape, flowers, and seeds as identifying characteristics, but they are not always shown. Several of the photos show a mass of leaves at a distance so that it is difficult to see the shape of an individual leaf. C. Frank Brockman's Trees of North America (Golden, 1968) and Herbert S. Zim's Trees: A Guide to Familiar American Trees (Golden, 1956; o.p.) are better pictorial identification guides. --Barbara B. Murphy, Shaler Area School District Libraries, Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531200179
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Series:
First Books Series
Pages:
64
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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