Endpaper Match-up Game

Want to play?  I’m starting a new blog feature called GAMES.  These quick mind benders will highlight fun book facts.  I’m kicking the feature off with “Endpaper Match-up”.  Endpapers are the very first and last pages of a book.  Generally, they are solid colors with no personality.  But many publishers use this space to celebrate the book’s content.

Here are a few clever endpapers I’ve come across.  Can you guess which endpapers go with which book?  Scroll down for the answer key.


  1. C. PUT ME IN THE ZOO-Every child should have a copy of this fun classic about a creature with special spots.
  2. D. THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY-You’ll love the story of how the Golden Gate Bridge got its bright orange color.
  3. A. STAND STRAIGHT ELLA KATE-The endpapers of this true tale of an eight-foot tall woman feature a life-size drawing of her size 24 shoe.
  4. F. THE YEARLING-One of America’s greatest artists, N.C. Wyeth, illustrated this 1938 classic about a boy and his family in the Florida backwoods.
  5. B. HAVE YOU SEEN MY DRAGON?-Many endpapers feature maps.  This map of the main character’s journey through a big city intrigues the reader before he/she turns the first page.
  6. E. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS-What could be better than Harry Potter? How about an illustrated edition by artist Jim Kay? These glorious endpapers depict the Hogwarts’ greenhouse.

QUESTION:  How about your books?  Any interesting endpapers?  Please share in the comments section.

Reading and Seeding

A cheese tray, a bottle of wine, these are typical housewarming gifts.  An inspired friend gave my husband and me a gardening book when we bought our first home.  Nineteen years later, I still have the book, the home and the husband!  Garden Guide to the Lower South doesn’t have a flashy title or cover.  However, this practical manual has helped me beautify my Alabama home and garden.

Garden Guide to the Lower South by The Trustees’ Garden Club of Savannah, Georgia, 1991

Post Format:  Straight Talk

To be honest, the internet has made gardening books somewhat obsolete.  If your plant has a problem, you can diagnose and find treatments with just a few clicks.  If you want ideas for things like shade or sun-loving plants, a quick search will bring up countless ideas.  But to get all the information online that Garden Guide offers,  you’d be bleary-eyed and finger-cramped from typing. That’s because the book’s creators, the Trustees’ Garden Club,  have already whittled down plants that thrive in the South.  That alone saves time and money when choosing plants at the big box nurseries.

Lists like this one on ANNUALS help in garden design and planning.

The guide is spiral-bound and easy to read.  There are chapters on general care and special situations.  But the book’s beauty is its short chapters on the plant categories in any garden: trees, shrubs, annuals, etc.  Each chapter ends with extensive plant lists along with size, light requirements, bloom time, etc. (see photo) It’s a quick resource when looking for ideas.

The last section of the book is also invaluable.  Entitled “Gardening Month by Month”, it breaks out each month with gardening chores and blooming plants for that time of year.  This feature is a lifeline for a disorganized gardener like me.

“There is nothing quite as gratifying to the gardener as a full healthy plant…especially this is true when one has started it from a small seed.”

2007 edition

This book has provided many workable ideas for my garden beds.  One was planting an annual bed entirely from seed.   Now, every year I plant zinnia, sunflower and tithonia outside my kitchen window.  This year’s seedlings are off to a good start…and so are the weeds. But with a little luck and TLC, the garden will be a visual feast for us by summer and an edible feast for the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Note:  The Trustees’ Garden Club of Savannah, Georgia has since published a third edition (2007) of the book with updated information and a colorful cover.


Stay tuned as this colorful, imperfect garden takes shape!