Flowers of a Woodland Spring


Flowers of a Woodland Spring was written and Illustrated by Carol Lerner

Take a walk through the woods on an early-spring day. A short while before, the forest floor was covered with only drab leaf litter and frost. Now you find yourself ankle deep in a veritable carpet of flowers. Walk the same route a few weeks later. It is warmer, but the fragile plants have vanished from view.

The flowers that make up this brief but beautiful sight are called “ephemerals.” In this inviting picture-book study, their unusual life cycle above and below the ground is first explained in general. Then the author describes six familiar examples in details. They are the spring beauty, toothwort, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, wild leek, and trout lily.

Like the flowers they depict, the illustrations are exceptionally delicate. Strikingly composted black-and-white line drawings are interspersed with lovely watercolors. Together, pictures and text covey the magical “now you see it, now you don’t” quality of these intriguing woodland plants.

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