Nature Talks

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Mann, Mary Peabody.  The Flower People.  Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1875. 

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First published in the early 1840s, Mary Peabody Mann’s The Flower People introduced the study of botany to children under the guise of conversations between a girl named Mary and various plants.  In this case, Mary is speaking to a leaf that she picked on a fall day.  The leaf patiently explains the life cycle of a tree, and its place in the ecosystem--a very early work of its kind written for children.  This exquisite photo-mechanically printed plate was designed for this edition by the elusive woman artist Mrs. G.P. Lathrop.

Adopted by Richard and Joanne Wilson

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