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Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector. Nature writer Gordon Grice, who started his first cabinet of curiosities at age six when he found a skunk’s skull, explainsExactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector. Nature writer Gordon Grice, who started his first cabinet of curiosities at age six when he found a skunk’s skull, explains how scientists classify all living things through the Linnaeus system; how to tell real gold from fool’s gold; how to preserve butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; how to identify seashells; the difference between antlers and horns; how to read animal tracks. And then, what to do with your specimens, including how to build a cabinet of curiosities out of common household objects, like a desk organizer or a box for fishing tackle.   ...

Title : Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World
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ISBN : 9780761169277
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World Reviews

  • Poopak Amirinanl
    2019-04-28 19:54

    Thank you Gordon Grice for this beautiful book, here is my honest review;Cabinet of Curiosities would be a great gift for a children who are interested about nature and finding their own collections and for science teachers, also a thoughtful Christmas gift!Very informative book with detailed illustrations, well-written, and nicely photographed; full of all kinds of useful information in natural world, animals, plants, shells, feathers, …. This not a heavy reference book, has an enough explanation on each subject which won’t make you bored, in other hand it is very accurate and sort of in depth too, which includes historical information, instructions on making your own collection.The quality of book and print is remarkable.

  • Sherri
    2019-05-23 00:05

    A book full of beautiful detailed illustrations and information. Although written for younger readers I found it fascinating and informative. So much so I want to help my nephew start his collection, when he is older and can read.There is no dumbing down or censoring information because it's for elementary or middle school readers. Grice explains the Linnaeus system of classification and taxonomic ranking. He tells how to preserve specimens and other practical advice like how to avoid getting stung . Most of the book is focused on animals but chapters on plants and minerals are also detailed and include history as well.

  • Natalie VanDusen
    2019-05-22 19:17

    I have several issues with this book... where to start. Who is the intended audience? Some of the text is super dense, which seems to be for older readers. But in his intro, Grice assumes the reader to be younger. Also, he shows "commonly collected" items, but they're from all over the world, and some are prohibited items. I was also expecting this to be a history of curiousity cabinets, not a how-to guide. But it even missed the mark on that. This was a big let down for me.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-22 23:49

    A great book for inspiring young nature observers. The author's goal is to whet the appetite for discovering and questioning what we find outdoors. Older readers may learn a few things too! Also gives a very general overview of Carl Linnaeus's classification system without getting too technical. Again, spot-on for a young reader.

  • Barbara White
    2019-05-06 22:03

    This book is fascinating.....one I'll keep forever. It encompasses minerals, plants, insects, and more. I learned so much while reading Cabinet of Curiosities. I will be sharing it with younger members of my family so they can learn from this eclectic collection in the cabinet of curiosities.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-23 17:59

    As a part of homeschooling, my daughter and I started a "science museum" where we identified and named species of feathers, leaves, shells, and other curiosities. As a science teacher, over the years, my students brought me whatever they found - snake skin, cicada skin, bones, eggs, nests, tarantula molt, shells, and bee hives. We would always research the genus and species and add a label with the student that discovered it. This book reinforced what joy I have always found in nature and identifying nature. I have always been drawn to science museums and would love to start another one along with nature journaling. Let the adventures begin!!!

  • Shahna
    2019-05-08 23:02

    This book grabbed my attention right from the cover. I love this kind of stuff and this book is perfect if you love it too. It's informative, easy to read and the photos are beautiful. I love just looking at the images and all the detail. A really nice and pretty book. So glad I picked it up. 

  • Sierra Dean
    2019-04-22 18:59

    Would have LOVED this book when I was around 9 or 10. Perfect for those who want to build collections and also learn more about the natural world.

  • Lauri Meyers
    2019-05-19 20:05

    Fun reading for the natural collector. Collection boxes and handling specimens. Scientific classification. Looks at skulls, footprints, feathers, scat, shells, insects, plants , seeds, rocks.

  • Alison
    2019-05-14 21:16

    Bought it for Andy, Xmas 2015. Hope he likes it. It may be a bit rich for a 10-11 yr. old. I'm optimistic. I know I would've been into it. It incorporates concepts of organization and cataloging, which I thought was nifty.

  • Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
    2019-04-26 00:06

    Love this book. It's gorgeous and deeply informative.

  • Clever Name
    2019-05-18 22:11

    Great primer for a younger collector/reader.

  • Marie Lay
    2019-04-22 23:52

    Excellent!

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-22 20:49

    A beautifully-designed book for kids curious about the natural world and looking to start observing and collecting.

  • Sarah Pearce
    2019-05-08 00:52

    A lovely primer on biology!