- Series: Julia Rothman
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612122310
- ISBN-13: 978-1612122311
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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"Through factoids and many charming, brightly colored sketches, illustrator and author Julia Rothman roams through the natural world, giving readers a lot of information about how it's put together...Dipping into the book is like taking a walk with your favorite naturalist from the comfort of your own armchair." --Portland Press Herald
"I'm not someone who needs a nudge to want to learn more about the structure of a leaf and what the phases of a moon look like, but if you're someone who's ever walked outside and looked up (or down) and wondered how the natural world around you works, this book is a fun and beautiful guide to learning more. There are over 700 illustrations in Nature Anatomy and each one comes with interesting facts, a story or a lesson that helps you understand more about the natural world." --Design Sponge
"A loving celebration of sunsets and salamanders, ferns and feathers, mountains and mushrooms, and the whole enchanting aliveness in between." ---Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"With its wide range of topics, from landforms to leaf identification, bird beaks, and water bugs, Nature Anatomy is designed as the ultimate book for browsers with an insatiable curiosity about the great outdoors. Rothman has clearly found a structure and design in which she excels; this title is an informative charmer from start to finish. More, please." --Booklist
"Cloud formations and sunsets get our attention, as do volcanoes -- the showy, dramatic phenomena of our planet. In Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World, published at the end of January, Julia Rothman also pays attention to the ecosystem of a rotting log, or the vast lattice of white threads, known as mycellium, that branch out from mushrooms underground, rendered in delicate, hand-drawn illustration." --PBS NewsHour
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After completing Farm Anatomy, she got inspired to continue with what she was doing. So now she has expanded into the larger world of nature.
This 224-page paperback is not designed to be comprehensive like those humongous DK knowledge books. Nature Anatomy is more fun and simple. It covers the selected flora, fauna, insects, animals and geological formations such as mountains, the oceans.
I find it fascinating to read about all the interesting information, like the life cycle of a salmon, the types of edible plants you can find in a forest, parts of a bird, snowflakes, different types of flowers, trees, moths, mushrooms, the atmosphere and many more. The writing is accessible and I finished the book in one sitting and found myself occasionally going to Wikipedia to read up more about those things that fascinated me.
All the bits of information are presented alongside Julia Rothman's simple but beautifully coloured illustrations. I like the ink line styles with filled colours.
Overall, it's a fun and educational book. Recommended to all knowledge seekers.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
There are a few problems with this book but the most egregious is the suggestion of any edibility for mushrooms. In fact, it is criminal in my opinion. A person that has not had years of practice with the identification of mushrooms in the field, or otherwise, has no business eating any wild mushroom. The risks are too great. The inclusion of a cooking recipe compounds the issue.
The snake illustrations leave much to be desired and are useless. They are terrible, really.
Positives include the shoreline zonation, moon cycles, butterfly parts, etc.
Regretfully, the choice of some material as touched on above and the overly simplistic approach make it difficult to recommend this book for any age group. I have annotated my copy and my youngest kids are fighting over time for reading. I have to change my review based simply on the fact that it is providing another tool to interest them in the world around them.