This book provides more than the usual over view of the native flora of New Zealand. Its attractive format is divided into two main sections 1) An Introduction, and 2) The Plants. Each provides fascinating information that is scientifically accurate, but will be of interest to the nature lover.
Chapter 4 in the first section is devoted to Maori and the plant world. The information is well referenced. Throughout the book, Foster includes details of how the various plants were used either for their medicinal qualities or for weaving and building. Proverbs are introduced in Te Reo and an explanation provided in English.
Each page includes clear photographic images, matching text and points of interest high-lighted in green with white font. This layout means the pages while accessible for a younger audience retain excellent detail for the older scholar.
Review by Barbara
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