A handsome, compact volume that is surely a bargain at the price with full-color illustrations and descriptions of over 260 wildflowers in 45 families. Beginning with instructions for the use of the color index, hints on collecting and some elementary material on plant structure, the authors proceed to descriptions of the wild-flowers grouped by color. On each page is a bright painting of the flower stalk usually in its natural habitat, a range map (inaccurate in some cases), and a text covering characteristics, habitat, growing season and family. Indexed with a rainbow thumb guide, this should be a useful tool for amateur nature study, as the color guide provides an easy reference for beginners. A wide range appeal here -- suitable for any age group.