Few readers will accept Mrs. Roberts' invitation to begin button collections on the basis of this book. A newsy discussion of the history of buttons, precedes the ways they have invaded our language. (""Aw, button up your lip""- ""He's missing a few buttons""), and the growth of button societies are followed by suggestions on what to do with buttons. Sampling: ""Mount a wedding announcement and surround it with sample buttons from the bridal gown and trousseau.... a charming gift to the bride on her first wedding anniversary"". A varied suggested shopping list precedes ideas on creating button displays, and homemade buttons. Then a series of illustrations on historic buttons- some excavated from digs, and an attempt to help the initiated classify the buttons in his collection. If it were not for the haphazard organization, hobbyists might find a few of Miss Roberts' suggestions useful, though many are on the wild side.