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Queen Anne's Lace School & Library Binding – April, 1994

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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807567108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807567104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,433,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A disappointing offering. Wexler describes the origin of the plant's name, where this beautiful wildflower is found, the family to which it belongs, and its life cycle. Parts are named, pronunciation is given, and the full-color photographs are clear and informative. So, what's wrong with this book? The tone of the text. In an effort to be user-friendly while imparting the scientific information, Wexler asks condescending questions ("See the tiny leaves?") and includes many exclamation points. The format of his Wonderful Pussy Willows (Dutton, 1992) is artistically better: there are more closeups, the print is larger, and the layout is more pleasing. If you really want a whole book on Queen Anne's lace, though, this one is adequate.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. Using text and photographs, Wexler, author of several previous nature photo books on plant life (among them, Jack-in-the-Pulpit ), takes a common plant and treats it as completely as one might treat esoteric flora, beginning at the root and continuing to the seed and flowers. The photographs work well when picturing the flowers and the seed heads, but line diagrams or labeling might have made the section on reproduction clearer. The text must be read completely; it won't work for quick reference. However, the book will probably still appeal to children who want to investigate a familiar plant as a science subject. Mary Harris Veeder

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on January 9, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
My first thought is "How does someone find a publisher for an entire book on the subject of just one rather common weed?" I am glad someone thought it was a good idea because this is a lovely and interesting book.
This book is intended for children in grades 3 through 5 but it is also a very good introduction into plant anatomy, sexuality and life cycle that could benefit any amateur gardener who may not have much in the way of science behind his interest in the hobby.
The many colored photographs throughout the book are the best part but the informative text may not truly hold the attention of young school children. If you want to inspire a budding botanist this book will be a helpful aid but it should be used in conjunction with hands on experience.
The history of the plant's folk name is explained at the beginning of the book. The book concludes with an easy experiment that children can conduct that shows one reason that the Queen Anne's Lace plant is so prolific. I was hoping the book might include more landscape photographs but it only has individual photographs of single flower heads or individual parts of a flower head, leaf, root or stem. It is an easy science book not a coffee table book. I was also hoping there might be some easy craft ideas for kids that use the Queen Anne's Lace flowers (my grandma taught me several) but again, I discovered that this is not part of the scope of this book.
I recommend this book but only to someone who is really in love with this uncommonly lovely common plant or someone who wants to teach kids about plant physiology. Elementary school Science teachers will probably get the most out of it, especially if they make it part of a field trip where kids can see the living flowers up close for themselves.
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