paper, 40 p., $5.95.
Activities of a horticultural, decorative and gastronomic nature abound in this well-organized and nicely illustrated book. The family kitchen is shown to be the source of many plant projects, from using the tops of root vegetables to experimenting with the seeds of oranges, apples and kiwis as well as tubers or bulbs. On each page, illustrations are sprinkled among directions, explaining the reasons for washing stones, refrigerating certain seeds (to simulate winter) or removing pulp before planting. There are recipes using fruit and vegetables as well as instructions for pressing flowers and painting pots along with jokes and riddles. This simple paperback features some plants that are routinely grown by children: sesame seeds, watermelons and ginger. Parents and children ages 7 to 11 will enjoy the suggestions, which can be saved for rainy days.
— Nancy H. McCray