Even without the illustrations- 27 in color, 77 in black and white- this would seem to be, despite its brevity, a well-rounded book on an increasingly popular subject among the hordes of devotees of flower arranging. Patricia Kroh had one chapter on it in her popular book Design with Flowers-Unlimited. Demand indicated that she expand this to share the results of her own stay in Japan, during which she studied the language and attended schools in the four categories of flower arrangements:- the two classical schools- Ikenobo and Enshu; the two modern schools, Ohara and Sogetsu. All have one thing in common- the desire to portray nature in a beautiful art form -- subtle, disciplined, contemplative. Each school is analyzed for its differences in style and technique. Japanese receptacles, choice of materials and accessories are discussed. Some may feel it is unfortunate that she spreads her material so thin, and would rather have had less about the historical and philosophical backgrounds, the details of shopping in Tokyo, etc. and more space specifically on the how-to. But for this there are other books, for example Nina Powell's recent Japanese Flower Arrangement (Scribner- see report p. 52) which concentrates on one school.