For the average amateur gardener and small home owner, this book, while not exhaustive in its treatment of ""garden friends and foes"", supplies the basic facts that are needed, in brief compass. The book falls into four main parts:- birds, insects, weeds, diseases. Under these categories, the author, naturalist and teacher, discusses the birds and insects of value, and those that are harmful to the garden. He suggests protection against the unwanted -- and attraction of those that serve a good purpose. The section on weeds is of interest chiefly in the commonsense handling of the relatively modern approach to weed elimination through selective herbicides. The final, and briefest part, deals with types of plant disease and the basic treatments thereof. The promised ""many drawings"" are not available at this time and should add immeasurably to the value of the book, if sufficiently accurate to aid in identification and to chart procedure.