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Handbook of Nature Study Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0801493843 ISBN-10: 0801493846

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing/Cornell University Press (July 3, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801493846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801493843
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where else but in this 3-lb., 900-page paperback can students find so many answers to their endless questions - about animals, plants, rocks and minerals, climate and weather, and about the skies at night - that is, about one's environment? No other natural history handbook has been as popular with grade school, high school, and college students. First appearing in 1911, it has been republished dozens of times, for the most part with little change other than updating.
Science Books and Films (January 1987)



"Quality field guides will enrich your nature encounters. A comprehensive resource is Anna Botsford Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study."—Malinda S. Zellman, Bay Area Parent (June 2000)



"Did you know that this classic was still in print? Focused on the northeast U.S., this book describes a wonderful diversity of basic natural history."—Ecology (January, 2004)



Although many readers in the chemical, biological and physical disciplines will profit by the publication of this book, I feel that biologists stand to gain the most. For most biological scientists this book will open up a new scientific world…. Chemists, physical chemists and chemical physicists who are considering entering the biological field will also find the book helpful because of the large amount of biological data and the large number of applications to biological processes reviewed. Highly recommended! —The Quarterly Review of Biology (June, 1987)


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The print quality of this book is horrible.
Dolynn
This book has great information and it is very useful for the homeschooling mothers or fathers that do a nature study!!
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Very easy to use and documents information well.
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176 of 177 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for studying ANY aspect of nature (except ocean life.) Thoroughly discusses all details of any living thing that you could dream of...want to know where a cricket's ears are located? How to tell if you have a male/female? What should you feed your cricket? Ever wondered why a lightning bug "lights up"? How can you tell if you have a male or female? Covers birds, fish, reptiles, wild animals, farm animals, pets, trees, flowers, rocks, weather, stars, etc, ETC!!! Many labled diagrams. A GREAT book, and written to fit in wonderfully with a Charlotte Mason philosophy. Geared towards elementary grades and complete with lessons, questions, projects, etc. Over 800 pages of easily understood information. As the original was published in 1911, be aware that the photos are not in color, nor as clear as modern nature guides, but the book MORE than makes up for this in so many ways! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mary Esterhammer-Fic VINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
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I have a fairly decent natural science home library, and this book is probably the jewel in the crown. It's packed with information, and even though some data has been updated by recent discoveries (the book was first issued nearly a century ago) much of it is still relevent.

The author has a contagious awe for the world around us, from caddis fly larvae to little brown bats (which she recommends keeping for a while in order to observe closely). She wrote this when our society was less urbanized and more hands-on, so a lot of her audience (teachers and their young students) had only to march out into a nearby field to collect specimens. Today, we're more used to sanitized, distilled, controllable nature--and nothing that can't be washed away with antibacterial soap--that we forget how compelling these little anthill or treetop dramas are.

Comstock brings us into that wild world, and we don't have to go far to find it, after all. Her anecdotes about her personal experiences and her study questions that end each section keep this book from becoming just another field guide. Even if you don't have young kids with whom to share these adventures, it's great to have this resource at hand.

And if you do have young kids, it's fun to go mucking around in a ditch right after a storm, looking for tadpoles. Don't be obsessive about diseases (we all eat a pound of dirt before we die...or so they say) and don't forget to bring this book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was originally written for elementary school teachers with little knowledge of common plants and animals. The book is as helpful and relevant today as it was when first written in 1911---dandelions, toads, leaves and constellations have changed little since that time! Whether you live in the mountains or on a farm with wide expanses of Nature spread before you, or whether your Nature Study involves the bugs and flowers of a small urban backyard, you'll find easy directions and valuable information about studying firsthand the natural world and it's wonders.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book today, sorry, not from Amazon, but from the zoo! I love this book! It is a great reference for teachers and children, or just anyone wanting to learn more about the nature near home. This book allows all to explore the beauty of nature in their own area, to adventure into a vast land of hidden beauty without going on a exotic safari. This book encourages learning and is a great resourse. It's a wonderful addition to anyone's library!!
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By ELD on July 13, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
My boys love this book, so I decided to try to get it for my Kindle because the larger font size makes it much easier for me to read. So I downloaded a sample, and found that they didn't even bother with a linked TOC in this HUGE book, the formatting is atrocious, and the pictures weren't included.

Keep in mind that this book is in the public domain. Ambleside Online provides links to download the book for free, and an internet search would surely provide the same. The ONLY reason to purchase this book rather than just downloading it would be to have a linked TOC, proper formatting, and the pictures.

Basically, Amazon took two minutes worth of time to download the free online text, then decided to sell it for a ridiculous price (considering what it lacks). Save your money and just download the text for free.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Sennett on August 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was afraid when I saw this book that it would be "too Big" for me to use with my children. It is not it. It includes instructions and suggestions on how to teach nature studies in the chapter 1. The following cover ANIMALS, PLANTS, EARTH AND SKY making it a very complete science text. It is both simple, and very thorough. It was originally published in 1911 by Anna Botsford Comstock, But please do not allow that fact to turn you off either! It is an excellent guide for the study of nature (biology, botony and earth science.) One might wish for it to include colored pictures, however, since you will create your own notebook with illustrations, and since we have ample resources for colored pictures as well as sound bytes on the enternet, I couldn't ask for more.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
While I do not agree with everything the author asserts about teaching methodology, I doubt there is any other book on the market that is as comprehensive as this one. What other textbook can be used with equal effectiveness in both kindergarten and high school? Lessons are short and easy to follow. It covers almost everything including agriculture, wildlife, geology, astronomy, etc. Marine life and oceanography are not included. Some minor flaws. For example, the author confuses selective breeding with evolution theory. However, such flaws can be overlooked and they do not detract from the value of the lessons.
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