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Natural History (Smithsonian)
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So it's no suprise that it only took two minutes after it's discovery to officially want to add this to my compendium collection.
After a week, I manage to find and buy this book at Barnes n' Noble (cost me $50 - you'll get a much better deal on here!)
First off, I'm going to tell you know (though you probably already know), this book is FREAKIN' BIG!!!! Might as well be a college textbook! You'll need to find some (worthy) space in your bookshelf for it.
Secondly, the sheer number of species (and specimens, mind you) inside these covers in astounding. Compare a book from the same series (DK's Animal for example), which had about 2,000 species in it.
This tome has 5,000 (something you need to see in order to grasp the sheer quantity)! And not just animals... where else could you find a book with rocks, minerals, fossils, shells, microbes, fungi, plants, protists, and animals all in one!
It's taxonomically organized (with the system for rocks and minerals as well) starting with Bacteria & Archaea first, then Protists (yes, it uses the kingdom Protista - something I don't usually favor), then the plants take over for a good portion of the book (any lover of flowers is going to flip out), fungi proceed, then finally come the animals (which takes up half of the book - and I don't even mind). One thing I really enjoy is the fact that this is one of the only plant books I've seen were everything isn't organized for gardeners. And there are some very cool rocks and minerals in here.
Third, the format is reminicent of a Sears/Walmart catalog - the species group is listed, and then specimens abound to every last corner of the page. The photos (and illustrations for some) are wonderful and very clear.Read more ›
It is a big heavy, over 7 pounds, coffee table book. It does have some stunning pictures and lots of colored illustrations. Most of what it includes are sections on each page with coloured charts, pictures, and illustrations of many elements of the natural world; rocks, ferns, a variety of snails, birds of prey - it is filled with almost any living thing you could think of.
The maps are well done and it will do much to clear up any confusion one has on classifications. You could even accomplish much identification yourself of rocks and birds using its clear pictures.
There are sections on; the living earth, minerals, rocks and fossils, microscopic life, plants, fungi and animals including invertebrates, chordates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
There is a glossary and an index. It is an excellent reference and learning tool and of course has the expertise of the Smithsonian Institute behind it.
This is a book young children could learn from, but adults would not feel `talked" down to.
It would make a great addition to your home, school or as a Christmas present that should get much use.
This book offers a selection of the rich detail and well written descriptions the publisher's guidebooks provide. Smithsonian Natural History does not cover any one field comprehensively. The book's size makes it physically unwieldy for use as a field guide, so this offering will serve best as a coffee table book. The outstanding photography will appeal to children as young as middle schoolers, but the high quality description better matches the needs of readers at the high school level and above.
For those whose appetites for nature study are whetted by this gorgeous volume, the publisher offers many field guides that cover specific topics more comprehensively. To really learn this material, pick one of those field guides and go out and see the world. The publisher's well-photographed examples are important for distinguishing between two similar specimens, but they sometimes overpromise. I wish reality were as fabulous as these books imply, but this photography provides us with the fashion models of the animal world -- reality is a bit more prosaic.
Like a high fashion magazine, this is a great book to page through when you have time to kill, but people are unlikely to read it for its own sake.
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Our 12-year old son saw this book at camp last summer and loved it. We knew we wanted to get it for him for Christmas and were excited to see that Amazon had it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by ChrissyCars
I am a designer and this book is PERFECT for reference.Amazing book but came with the cover ripped. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
PERFECT: detailed, descriptive, has good format, wonderful layout and am i able to use the images as reference material for drawingPublished 1 month ago by ribbon
A beautiful book, but arrived in the worst box EVER. Book is very heavy and the box was so flimsy it was falling apart. The book edges and jacket were crushed/torn. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ~Calla~
I originally saw this book at the library and I loved it so much I had to purchase a copy, because the library wouldn't let me keep it LOL! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Author of ANIMAL FOREST COLORING BOOK
This is a beautiful book. Something to refer to often and keep foreverPublished 3 months ago by Melissa English
I love this book, however I received it with the jacket torn and slightly wrinkled.Published 4 months ago by Nastasja Martel