The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998 Page: 135
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1997 Book Reviews 135
of the ways these wildflowers were used in days gone by. She researched mod-
ern herbalist literature for current uses of these wildflowers. Many references
are made to the edibility and everyday uses of wildflowers by the Native
Americans and early pioneers.
The romantic language of flowers is seldom found in modern literature, but
the author shares this with us also. Her interest in history is evident as she
includes not only natural but also political history as it involved certain wildflow-
ers, showing the reader how they were woven into the histories of countries
around the world. She also quotes from poets, playwrights, and authors such as
Shakespeare, Tennyson, Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Longfellow, Chaucer,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, and many others who often
referred to wildflowers in their writings.
Using an extensive bibliography, Silverthorne has created a well-written trea-
sure trove of information and a potpourri of colorful. varied, and delightful
wildflower lore. This is a nice addition to any wildflower lover's library.
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