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How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers

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This is the largest collectino of Wood's drawings and verses ever printed. It contains the complete text of the latest edition of "How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers," (including "Animal Anatomies") together with three complete illustrated poems and two sketches that appears in earlier editions and had been omitted. A new introduction has been written for this book by ...more
Paperback, 28 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Pryor Publications (first published 1917)
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Joseph Wetterling
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A charming little book full of witty wordplay, self-referential humor, and a few tongue-twisters. (In an added geeky twist (unsurprising coming from a theoretical physicist), even a footnote on Greek etymology is in rhyme.)

As his daughter writes in her 1958 introduction, "Here, dear Reader, is the true zest for living. No barbed satire, no insults, no attacks, no grounds for libel suits." Instead there is "simple, whimsical humor".
susie
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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possibly my best purchase ever.
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Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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Delightful wordplay and drawings of birds and plants that look similar. Full book online here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1593/1...
R. G. Nairam
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quirky, picture-books, own
This is just delightful. Great to read out loud.
Isaac Jensen
This book is hilarious.
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Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book is spectacular! I'll probably give this to everyone who has quirky kids.
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A charmingly bizarre little book. Knowing that it was written by a distinguished physicist adds to the enjoyment.
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A paragon of puns, to be shelved beside such oddities as The Devil's Dictionary.
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Robert Williams Wood (May 2, 1868 – August 11, 1955) was an American physicist and inventor. He is often cited as being a pivotal contributor to the field of optics and a pioneer of infrared and ultraviolet photography. Wood's patents and theoretical work shed much light on the nature and physics of ultra-violet radiation and made possible the myriad uses of uv-fluorescence which became popular af ...more
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