QUEEN'S TEARS AND ELEPHANT'S EARS: A Guide to Growing un usual House Plants by Jack Kramer

QUEEN'S TEARS AND ELEPHANT'S EARS: A Guide to Growing un usual House Plants

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KIRKUS REVIEW

At first glance, Kramer's book of unusual house plants strongly resembles his adult titles, although the token discussion of how plants grow is definitely geared to children. But his take-notice choices have youngsters in mind, the descriptions inform and joke a bit, and the illustrations attempt to extend his playful notion. Besides giving specifics on soil, light, and water, and characterizing patterns of growth, Kramer putters around with the plant names; of the prayer plant--""Even if you don't say your prayers, here's a plant that will do it for you."" Ooof. The illustrations reinforce this idea, sometimes successfully (swiss cheese plant above an open sandwich, staghorn fern over a stag head), sometimes idiotically (Venus flytrap under a fly and a trap). Unfortunately, most of these must be purchased (several by mail order only), which limits Kramer's audience even more than the kernels of corn in the text. Prop-agation.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Collins World