Book Reviews of Know Your Poisonous Plants.

1. "Written on the premise that people should be aware of both the dangers and the pleasures of common plants, this book provides a fund of information on poisonous plants for the concerned family gardener and nature lover. It describes in clear, non-technical language 140 poisonous plants commonly seen in cultivated and uncultivated places. Each plant is identified by common and scientific names. Included are family associations, plant descriptions, the nature and distribution of the poison in the plant's organs, and the effect of the poison. Sixty-five of the more prevalent and lethal plants are given more extensive coverage, including measures to prevent poisoning and detailed symptomology. The book also contains general information on prevention of and first-aid for poisoning. Though the book contains a few botanical errors, the information is concise and well-presented. It is interesting that the leaves of tomato plants and the seeds of peaches and apples are poisonous--or it may cause concern. In any case, this informative book is stimulating to read and would make a fine reference book for the home gardener." (Lemuel F. Hegwood, Garden Journal, June 1974)

2. "Mrs. James' book, Know Your Poisonous Plants, is similar in intent and approach [to Hardin and Arena's Human Poisoning from Native and Cultivated Plants]. It is illustrated with rather good line drawings and has more of a western accent for the plant material described, which is not surprising since Mrs. James is a native and resident of California. Both books are equally recommended for increasing reader awareness of the more common sources of plant poisoning. The eastern reader should choose the Hardin and Arena book, whereas the western reader would do better with the James book." (C.S.D., American Horticulturist, vol. 54, no. 3, Summer 1975)

3. "Naturegraph Publishers has produced yet another invaluable and easy resource book in Know Your Poisonous Plants. Author Wilma James lists 65 of the common poisonous plants, many of which are common to the backyard garden or are cultivated for medicinal purposes. Each plant is illustrated with an easy-to-recognize symbol depicting its poisonous parts. James includes the plants' native region, regional differences in appearances and toxicity, poisonous parts of the plant, and recognizable symptoms. Supplementing these most common plants are 75 additional poisonous plants with a brief outline and the common and scientific names of each. Prefacing the listings are straightforward instructions on how to prevent plant poisonings--with particular thought given to children, first aid for plant poisoning, and the correct method of reporting poisoning without wasting precious moments. SG staff people have referred to Know Your Poisonous Plants in emergency situations and found it a comfortingly quick and accurate guide, well worth adding to any survivalist's reference library." (Survival Guide Magazine, April 1983)