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The Child's Botany

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... CHILD'S BOTANY. CHAPTER I. Evert little child knows that there are a great many plants on the earth. By plants I mean all kinds of trees, bushes, briers, vines, grasses, grains, weeds, and mosses; or everything that produces flowers and fruit, as all plants do. But very few children, and not many grown people, think much about the beautiful flowers that cover every meadow in the summer, or know why they were made. Little children! I intend to tell you a great What are plants 1 deal about them, in this book which I am writing, on purpose to instruct and amuse you. Perhaps you will think it is not so pleasant to read about trees and flowers, as to read stories or to go to play. But if you wish to live useful lives, and be respected and happy, you must read and study for instruction, as well as amusement. Well, how many different kinds of plants do you think there are in the world? More than thirty thousand have been discovered! These vary in size, from the smallest mosses to the largest trees. For the mosses that grow on the rocks and fences have flowers, as well as the larger plants; but they are so small, that you cannot see them with your naked eye. It is necessary to look at them through a microDo ali plants produce flowers and fruit? How many different kinds of plants have been found 1 How do these vary in size? Can you see the flowers of all with your naked eye 1 scope, or a large magnifying glass, and then you can see them very distinctly. Thirty thousand is a great many, but there are probably many more, that have never been found, or that are too small to be observed. Can you tell how many flowers there are of any one of these thirty thousand kinds? Take a dandelion, for instance. Can you tell how many dandelions you ever saw? You...
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