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Cabinet of Curiosities

Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World

By Gordon Grice

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, 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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“…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
Product Details
Age range
8 - 18
Grade range
3 - 12
Number of pages
Publication date
October 06, 2015