As a superb and original picture book, this will attract a wide audience of ""viewers"" who will not expect to find themselves interested in the text. But inevitably, the close linking of captions for the 165 photographs (79 in full color) and the text which tells how flowers live and what they do will tempt the inquiring reader to study the text. For many of us it is largely too technically slanted to the biologist and the botanist. But there are all sorts of interesting facts for any observant lover of flowers concerning the sexual cycle, the movements in flowering, pollination and fertilization and the parts played by the air, the water, insects, birds, even mammals in methods of fertilization. The production of flowers is a necessary step in the development of fruit- and this is traced from various angles. A whole new world is opened up, relating to the make-up and function of flowers, the effects of heat and light, the growth of flowers, and their many uses to man. But first and last, the superb photographs will provide anyone with delight.