Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities

Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding treasures of 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 started his first cabinet of curiosities at age six when he found a skunk’s skull. In his book he explains many, many things including:

  • how scientists classify 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; and
  • how to read animal tracks!

The book includes guidance on how to build a cabinet of curiosities out of common household objects, like a desk organizer or a fishing tackle box.

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