HIDDEN STORIES IN PLANTS by Anne Pellowski

HIDDEN STORIES IN PLANTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A charming bouquet of brief stories from around the world, as well as craft activities that use natural plant materials. Most of the stories can be told in a minute or two. The craft activities--using plants found in garden, wood, and meadow--focus on ornaments, disguises, playthings, and musical instruments; clear line drawings give step-by-step directions for constructing flower chains, masks, leaf boats, poppy dolls, and many more. Unfortunately, while this is a delightful resource, it should be recommended cautiously to novices or children since warnings regarding poisonous and irritating plants are inadequate. Though the introduction advises readers to ""Be sure all participants know if they are allergic to plants, and know how to recognize such irritating plants as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and others,"" and to ""Caution participants never to put any parts of plants into their mouths,"" there are many other common plants that are poisonous or irritating, some of them used here without specific admonition--e.g., milkweed juice, lily-of-the-valley, and rhubarb leaves. Thus, enjoy but beware. Sources for stories, folklore, and crafts; list for further reading; list of holidays that celebrate plants.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1990
Page count: 93pp
Publisher: Macmillan