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Nature anatomy : the curious parts & pieces of the natural world
Rothman, Julia, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015]
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
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Central Library QE28 .R64 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Hamburg Library QE28 .R64 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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West Seneca Library QE28 .R64 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Environment

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See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman's whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you.

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Booklist Review

Author and illustrator Rothman (Farm Anatomy, 2011) brings her inimitable style to this delightfully whimsical and scientifically sound field guide. With hundreds of large and small color illustrations, this appears to be more art book than anything else, yet Rothman has painstakingly and effectively addressed the most interesting aspects of everything she illustrates, even including Latin names in the process. Readers thus learn that only the female American Holly tree (Ilex opaca) produces the famous berries used for holiday decorating, the sperm whale is the largest sea mammal with teeth, and flocks of cedar waxwings will pass berries down the line beak-to-beak until every bird has been fed. 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.--Mondor, Colleen Copyright 2015 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Common Groundp. 11
Really Moving
Layers of the Earth
The Rock Cycle
North American Landscapes
Field Succession
Loose Landscape Painting
Chapter 2 What's Up?p. 41
Up in the Atmosphere
Predicting Weather
The Water Cycle
Why Are All Snowflakes Different?
Phases of the Moon
Chapter 3 Come Closep. 61
Anatomy of a Flower
Anatomy of a Bee
Anatomy of a Butterfly
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Beautiful Butterflies
Colorful Moths
Sedges, Rushes, Grasses
Grazing Edibles
Incredible Insects and Bugs Abounding
Spectacular Spiders
Anatomy of an Ant
Chapter 4 Take a Hikep. 97
Anatomy of a Deciduous Tree
Anatomy of a Trunk
Leaf Identification
North American Trees
Beautiful Bark
Some Flowers, Cones, Seeds, and Fruits of Trees
Printing Patterns
Anatomy of a Fern
Pretty, Pretty Lichen Mysterious Mosses
Anatomy of a Mushroom
Marvelous Mushrooms
Rotting Log
Foraging in the Forest
Chapter 5 Creature Featurep. 131
Animals in the Neighborhood
Anatomy of a Bat
Common North American Bats
Tree Squirrels
Ground Squirrels
The Lyme Bacteria Cycle
Grizzly Bear vs. Black Bear
The Animal Underground
Wild Cats
Wild Dogs
Animals with Antlers...and Horns
Aquatic Mammals
Outstanding Adaptations
Marine Mammals
Chapter 6 A Little Bird Told Mep. 161
Anatomy of a Bird
A Bevy of Birds
Kinds of Feathers
A Variety of Nests
Extraordinary Eggs
Intriguing Bird Behavior
Birds of Prey
Big Birds
A Variety of Beaks
Water Birds
Chapter 7 Head above Waterp. 189
Water Bodies
Ecosystem of a Pond
A Few Freshwater Fish
Life Cycle a Salmon
Water Bugs
Toad vs. Frog
Life Cycle of a Frog
Tida1 Zone Ecosystem
Fantastic Saltwater Fish
Anatomy of a Jellyfish
On the Sat
Seashells by the Seashore
Some Seaweed
Harvesting Processing, and Eating Seaweed
A Note about Conservationp. 218
Bibliographyp. 220

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