Plants

Bailey, Jill; Grolier Educational

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From Booklist: The richness of our diversified plant world is explored in basic terms in this new Grolier set. Volumes 1, 2, and 3--"Roots, Stems, and Leaves"; "Flowers and Fruits"; and "Life Processes" -- survey plant structure, form, and function. Volume 4, "Plant Ecology," explores the role of plants in Earth's ecosystem and how they relate to human concerns. Volume 5, "Plants Used by People," examines the economical importance of plants as providers of food, fiber, and medicine. The remaining volumes are informative presentations of the main plant and plantlike groups, such as algae, conifers, and mosses, highlighting common elements and traits.

Each volume is organized into chapters that focus on various aspects (e.g., "Cereals," "Nitrogen Cycle," "Pollination," "Redwoods") of the major concept. Cross-referencing notes in margins at the bottom of the page direct the reader to other volumes and relevant topics. Chapters are brief, covering no more than one or two pages. Facts about scientific classification, geographic distribution, and economic uses of plants are presented in sidebars. Additional sidebars, entitled "Protecting Our World," expound on associated environmental concerns. Visually appealing, the pages abound with many lavish and colorful photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and diagrams. All are extensively labeled to illuminate points made in the text and clarify structures shown. Scientific nomenclature is used through the explanations, but the reading is fairly easy, and scientific principles are explained with a minimum of technical vocabulary. A comprehensive glossary defines major terms, and an appendix alphabetically lists all plants with their common and scientific names. A cumulative index is contained in each volume. Suggested additional readings and Web sites provide a foundation for more in-depth analysis and research.

Although the set is geared for middle- and junior-high-school students, high schools might also wish to purchase it for its broad introduction to the complex principles of botany. Another recent title covering similar ground is Macmillan's Plant Sciences [RBB Je 1 & 15 01]. The Grolier set's conceptual arrangement and intensely visual approach make it appropriate as a basic introduction, while the Macmillan set's more in-depth treatment of many topics, along with the bibliographies attached to most entries, make that resource suitable for students who are ready for the next level of research. REVWR
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Title: Plants
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