Cabinet Of Curiosities

Cabinet Of Curiosities : Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World

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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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 22.86mm | 952.54g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Full-colour images throughout
  • 076116927X
  • 9780761169277
  • 95,917

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"...elegantly designed book, with its surfeit of spectacular images." -New York Times Book Review "Perfect for amateur scientists and avid collectors..." -Boys Life "This is a beautifully illustrated book that will undoubtedly spark the curiosity in any kid who reads it." -Boing Boing
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About Gordon Grice

Gordon Grice is a nature writer and author of The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators and Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals. His articles about wildlife and biology have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Discover. He lives in Wisconsin and online at
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143 ratings
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