Gr 6 Up The lore behind man's relationship to the plant world is often mysterious, sometimes ridiculous, but always interesting. Thus, this small gem of a book, with a distinctly British viewpoint, gives English traditions and culture about the power and meaning of plants. The chapters, seemingly serendipitous by nature but packed with vignettes and plant gossip, deal with the use of flowers and plants in medicine, housekeeping, perfume, etc. Other subjects covered are flowers in history, seasonal decoration and tree lore. Readers are introduced to the shrieking mandrake root, the healing properties of heart's ease (the pansy) and the symbolic importance of the Flanders poppy. Woods anticipates some confusion about plant names and generally provides scientific as well as common names for the plants discussed. This would be a handy volume for biology or history teachers, as well as camp counselors. A curious but informative book that boasts sound facts delivered with an appropriately anecdotal style and pleasant, if sparse, line drawings. Steve Matthews, Currier Library, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.