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Making your own nature museum
MacFarlane, Ruth B. Alford.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, 1989.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Gives instructions for collecting, preserving, identifying, and displaying a nature collection.
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QH70.A1 M3 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QH70.A1 M3 1989 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Gives instructions for collecting, preserving, identifying, and displaying a nature collection.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. From the legal and moral aspects of killing animals for scientific study to the practical, nitty gritty details of mounting insects, here's a book that's well thought out and clearly presented. Besides considering the collection and preservation of plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, rocks, minerals, and fossils, the author discusses their storage, identification, labeling, cataloging, and display. Finally, she encourages readers to plan and build their own museum and offers a wealth of ideas for exhibits, displays, and science projects. Simple line drawings and black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. While few students may actually set up a nature museum, many can benefit from MacFarlane's experience as a biologist and science-museum curator, particularly when it's time to fulfill scouting merit badge requirements, complete biology projects, or prepare science fair exhibits. Teachers and camp leaders will also find good ideas and sound expertise here. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-- Only the most earnest nature enthusiasts are likely to be inspired by this book. While the chapters are organized well and the text is free of scientific jargon, the book suffers from dull writing and mediocre black-and-white photographs, several of which are so poor that readers must strain to make them out. Only two photos include children, and both are dark and muddy. The simple line drawings, however, are clearly and competently drawn. Young collectors are instructed on how to collect, preserve, and display plants, animals, rocks, minerals, fossils, and shells. Suggestions for appropriate tools and supplies for each project are offered. The section on collecting fossils is oversimplified, never mentioning that sometimes rocks have to be split to reveal the fossil impression inside. The bibliography fails to list some of the more useful nature identification guides. To its credit, the book does suggest many good ideas for displays, exhibits, and projects, but Reg Harris' Natural History Collecting (Grosset, 1972; o.p.) is a much more inviting introduction to the subject. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.