The ABC's of Oklahoma Plants

The ABC's of America's Plants

Children - Non-Fiction
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/13/2013
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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

The ABC’s of Oklahoma Plants by Sara Barnard is a definitive collection of plants that are native to the state of Oklahoma. Sara spreads her botanical knowledge of Oklahoma’s greenery in alphabetical order in an informative and interesting way. Whether one is looking for a book to place on the coffee table for their guests or needing a quick and easy guide to some of Oklahoma’s native plants, Sara’s book has it. With names like Compass Plant, Farkleberry, Rubber Rabbitbrush, Old Man’s Beard, Sweet William (my favorite), Unicorn Plant, and Zanthoxylum clava-herculis, you will wonder if you’ve been transported to another planet or are reading from a book by Dr Seuss. With an index, lists of medicinal, poisonous plants and food plants, and a map of the counties of the state of Oklahoma, this is a very well researched and thorough compilation.

Sara Barnard has used an excellent technique for organizing her book. The alphabetical approach makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and the photos that accompany the descriptions are of excellent quality. Sara writes in both a fun and informative way and this is an enjoyable read for those who enjoy botany as a hobby or who just simply enjoy thrilling others with their trivial knowledge of plants while on a stroll in the country. The guide to medicinal, poisonous, and food plants adds the touch of Oklahoma’s Native American heritage which wraps the book up nicely. Informative, fun, and interesting, this is a must for the plant lover's library.