| Wild Life in Woods and Field|
|by Arabella Buckley|
|First volume in the Eyes and No Eyes series, introduces the youthful reader to the variety of animal and plant life that three children observe on their way to school through fields and woods. The goal of the series is to inspire children to become keen observers of wildlife and to heighten their curiosity about their natural surroundings. Eight color illustrations and numerous black and white drawings complement the text. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Ages 7-9 |
WE are always glad when April comes. Then we can find many
flowers on our way to school. Even in February there
are snowdrops in the orchard and Peter knows where he
can some-times find a primrose or violet in flower.
But we cannot get a good bunch until April. Before that
the plants are busy growing their leaves.
The first bright flowers we find are the daffodils in
the fields, and the anemones in the woods. We call the
daffodils "Lent lilies" and we put them in the church
at Easter. They have very long, narrow leaves which
come straight out of the ground. Each flower hangs on
its own tall stalk. It has deep yellow tube in the
middle, with a crown of pale yellow leaves round it. If
you dig up a daffodil plant you will find that it has a
bulb like an onion. Paul says this is why it blooms so
early. It stores up food in the bulb in the autumn.
Then it uses this food in January to make its leaves
DAFFODILS AND ANEMONIES.
The wood-anemone is Peggy's favourite
 flower. It is called the "wind-flower" because it nods
so prettily in the wind. Its soft pink and white
flower stands high up on a long stalk, which has three
feathery green leaves half-way down. When the sun
shines, it is a little pink and white cup, and when the
clouds gather and the rain falls, it shuts up in a
tight bud, till sunshine comes again.
Peggy once bit one of the leaves of the anemone. It
burnt her tongue and tasted very bitter. Then Paul told
us that the plant is poisonous. This is one reason why
there are so many anemones in the wood. Animals will
not eat the leaves, but leave them alone to grow.
The anemone has not got a bulb. It has a
 thick brown stem under the ground in which it stores
Before the daffodils and anemones are over, the
primroses and violets cover the banks. It is pretty to
watch the primrose plant on a wet morning. The leaves
are not smooth. They have hills and valleys all along
them. The water runs so cleverly down the valleys of
the leaf. These guide it down to the roots, so that the
plants can drink.
How busy, too, the bees and flies are. They settle
first on one primrose then on another. We know what
they find there. If you pull off the yellow crown of
the primrose, and suck the end of the tube, you will
taste something sweet. This is the honey that the bees
come to find. And besides the honey they carry off some
yellow dust from flower to flower. Paul says this is
good for the flowers, as we shall learn some day.
The honey in the violets is not so easy to find. But we
have found it. When a violet looks straight at you, it
shows five purple leaves and a little yellow beak in
the middle. But if you look behind, you will find a
small long bag, like the finger of a glove. We have
often pulled this off and sucked it. It is full of
honey. When the bee sits on the flower, and thrusts her
head into the yellow beak in the middle, she sips out
 the honey with her tongue from the bag or spur behind
With primroses and violets and blue-bells the bees can
now find plenty of honey to fill their hives.
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