Object-Lessons in Botany

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    IT is not perhaps very often that elementary scientific books of the type to which the volume before us belongs, either meets with, or indeed deserves, much success. It is with the greater pleasure, then, that we feel that the author is to be congratulated on having succeeded in producing a really good series of lessons which will be most useful, either in guiding teachers in arranging their class work, or in enabling a student to acquire a knowledge of plants for himself. The series of lessons is progressively arranged, beginning with the simpler forms of leaves and stems, and passing on to the various types of flowers and fruits. The really excellent feature of the work is the method by which the student is led ta examine actual plants. The book would probably be of little service to any one merely desirous of “getting up” the subject without troubling to form any practical acquaintance with the objects dealt with. The examples selected as types are well chosen, and the student (or teacher) receives plenty of hints as to other forms which he may usefully compare with them. Almost the only fault we have to find with the book is, after all, only a literary one; still, it seems a pity that the generic names of the plants should have been commenced with a smalt etter, especially in the chapters on botanical names. This, however, is a defect that can easily be remedied in. a future edition, which soon should be needed, for we caa cordially recommend the volume, both to the elementary teacher and student, as a thoroughly good one.

    Object-Lessons in Botany.

    (Book ii., for Standards iii., iv. and v.) Being a Teacher's Aid to a Systematic Course of One Hundred Lessons for Boys and Girls. By Edward Snelgrove. (London: Jarrold and Sons.)

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    Object-Lessons in Botany. Nature 52, 196 (1895) doi:10.1038/052196a0

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