What curious child has not wondered at the miracle of reproduction? How do plants develop seeds which in turn sprout new plants? How are the eggs of fish fertilized in the turbulence of the sea? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this veritable gold mine of information concerning the wonders of plant and animal reproduction the author has chosen classic examples of a highly diversified process and invited the reader to perform many experiments to see for himself. He can prove that mushrooms and moldy bread bear spores, that the humdrum potato and the cuttings of many plants reveal the fascinating process of vegetative propagation, that simple spyrogira and ferns pass through complicated stages of asexual reproduction. The hydra introduces the first story of sexual reproduction and as we go on to higher forms in fish, frogs and mammals, we are never trapped by the pitfalls of overly technical language or detail. Here is a book not only for the budding biologist but for any child wishing to approach the mysteries of life.