Cabinet of Curiosities:
Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World
By Gordon Grice
I'm irrationally excited by this book! A science and history must-have. If you have a child who is really curious about the natural world and can't leave a beach without THAT shell, or go past a dead beetle without pocketing it or you regularly find stones in the bottom of the washing machine, this is the book for you (or them). Here are seven reasons why it should take up physical space in your house permanently:
1. It's beautifully published... lush pages, hardback, clear typeface.
2. Fascinating and informative illustrations.
3. Contains a comprehensive how-to for kids curating their own little and large collections. This has got to be a step in the right direction if it's no longer under the bed right?
4. Accessible to a range of readers. There are large print sections (great for younger readers) and small print sections (elaborates on details for those hungry for more.
5. Covers in detail the different types of collections including Animalia, Plantae, Mineralium. Read... animal, vegetable and mineral... it's all covered.
6. Looks into some real cabinets of curiosity around the world.