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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
I used to love making daisy chain wreaths for my hair. Or picking the petals and chanting, “He loves me yes, he loves me not.” As a child, however, I didn’t know that daisies could be tossed in a salad and eaten, or used to decorate a cake. My great-grandfather grew the most spectacular gladiolus. We always called them glads. I didn’t know they had another name: sword lily and that they grew wild in South Africa. I wish they grew wild here. There are so many flowers, both wild and domestic, that color our landscape. Some of the names are difficult to pronounce and even more difficult to spell, but it doesn’t hurt to learn them anyway, even at a young age.
Gloria D. Gonsalves (Auntie Glo) has written a charming children’s alphabet book dealing with flowers. Alphabet of Flowers includes a flower that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Some are easily recognizable like the daisy, iris, and rose. But there are quite a few flowers that even I, an avid gardener, didn’t know: like queen’s cup, ursinia, and kniphofia. The collection is organized alphabetically, of course, and each flower is given a brief description complete with something interesting about the flower, like its uses and where it grows best. At the end of the book is a summary table of the flowers listed, and a quick guide to finding the flowers. Other than some of the complex names of the flowers, the language is simple enough for young readers to follow and learn about the flowers in their gardens. The illustrations are simple as well, but colorful and inviting. This is a great educational tool for young readers and a treasure to enjoy.