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Nature Anatomy


4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 ratings  ·  231 reviews

See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the ecosystem

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published October 21st 2014)
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Elizabeth A
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, non-fiction, 2015
Can you put aside your adult self for a little while and get back in touch with your 8 to 12 year old self? Remember that fascination with the world around you? Remember being blown away by things you learned every day in Science class? Reading this book was kinda like that.

It is an illustrated guide of the natural (mostly North American) world, and the art is colorful and whimsical. If you are looking for an in depth scientific discourse look elsewhere, but if you are interested in reawakening
reading is my hustle
An impressive follow-up to her Farm Anatomy: Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life. This time she tackles the natural world and as a visual record it is wonderful. Ferns, salamanders, birds, mushrooms, mountains- the illustrations and facts about nature are enchanting.


While I indeed was (at least originally, at least at first) very much looking forward to Julia Rothman's Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World, with my ageing eyes and my from this resulting issues to increasingly have rather massive visual issues with printed cursive writing of whatever size and thickness (and indeed even with hand-written cursive writing, as I increasingly am also having trouble reading and deciphering what I myself have
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
A cautionary fable for middle school students who don't pay attention during science and biology classes. Do you want to grow up to be the target audience for this uninspired collection of basic factoids and listless doodles? Coyotes communicate with a variety of noises and of all the trees out there, sequoias have the widest trunks. Please don't wait until you're 30 to learn this. For me this book was a half-star failure of both text book and art book, but my six-year-old niece enjoyed flipping ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mom, ellie, jacob
This book is like looking into someone's nature journal. It is so beautifully done and informative! We enjoyed reading about the butterflies and tidal pools in order to prepare for our field trip to S.B....krb 1/24/17 ...more
Haley Williamson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BEST BEST BEST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very broad subject packed into one book. The art is so beautiful. I can see a young person enjoying this book and learning about the world around them.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics
So pretty and informative but I wondered where she gathered her information. The bibliography was minimal.
Becky Goo
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations as type in this book about beautiful. I bought it before going on a camping trip this summer and it was the perfect book to peruse on the way up and during down time.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently read Farm Anatomy: Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life, and since I enjoyed that one so much, I decided to also get Nature Anatomy from the library.

Nature Anatomy was even better! It has the same beautiful artwork, but with a wider range of topics (which makes sense, since the natural world is so vast and varied). Much like Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy is about 60% illustration and 40% text, but the information in this book is more dense (and thus, more interesting).

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Matthew Simms
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and illustrated. There is not so much a scientific guide that gives one information about individual creatures, but a book filled with fun facts and beautiful illustrations that were painted with gouache. This is a book that should be rewritten in a kids format, in which I would certainly buy for all the little tykes in my life teaching them about the natural world and conservation. Overall I highly recommend reading (more of a picture book however) and enjoy the wide variety ...more
Erin Anderson
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book covered an overview on many different studies of nature. Nothing was too in-depth but the beautiful illustrations are eye catching and may tempt you to discover more about a certain subject. The information the author included with each graphic varied drastically, and a large portion of the text was in a hand written cursive font. That font wasn’t always easy to read and was inconsistent. If you can’t read cursive, find another resource!
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, kids
Another wonderful book by the author.
Lovely lovely illustrations. Which we loved.

Again a book to be used as a reference (there is a lot of illustrated facts just not written ones for older kids), for older kids it can be used as part of a unit.
We looked at some of the pages from this and Farm Anatomy , enjoyed the sketch and talked about what we saw.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The information by each illustration is short so I would consider this book a good introduction to everything that is related to nature. It's easy to read and you get a bit of information about everything (animals, the ecosystem, flowers, weather etc.) and the illustrations are beautiful! I would definitely recommend this if you're interested in nature, it's a good starter. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
A great entry point to the planet, from rocks to the phases of the moon to flora and fauna. Illustrated beautifully, this is the perfect book I needed to get ideas about worldbuilding in my current project. It's by no means exhaustive, but rather a great sampling of earthlings that showcases the common elements and diversity of life all at once. Specific creatures as well as general life cycles, body schemes, habitats are showcased. Recommended as a broad overview to get ideas and introduce youn ...more
Christy Whitsell
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are lovely. We looked at a few pages each lunch as part of our homeschool science. The factoids are interesting but were often far over my children’s heads. My four-year-old asked to read it again, though, so that is always a good sign!
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am going to purchase this book as well as Ocean Anatomy. I want to have them as a quick resource and I want to share them with my grandchildren to stimulate even more interest in the details of the natural world.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty and pleasing to look at. I liked the diagrams with parts of a bird, a fern, etc. I wouldn't use this as an actual field guide though. And it felt a little TOO hipster ...more
Kristen Curtis
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such wonderful tidbits of information and beautiful illustrations. Loved it!!
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! The art is so great. It communicates so many interesting ideas about nature. This is a rare book that is fun for both adults and kids.
Janna Odenthal
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A relaxing and educational read with fun, interesting tidbits about the world around me that I thought I knew.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book about nature so far. My son has plenty of books about nature and animals but this was by far the best book we have read together. I learnt a lot from this book too so it is not just for kids. Beautiful illustrations and sketches.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lots of things I had learned in science classes but had forgotten, as well as a lot of other new and interesting facts, all brought to life with fun illustrations.
Karley Essington
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't exactly what I wanted but it was still educational and the illustrations were cute. It's not something I would recommend and it won't be staying on my bookshelf. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Before I say anything else, please know that I am CLEARLY not the intended audience for this book. I have taught most of the content of this book to middle school science classes, and learned even more of it from just growing up in an area where my parents pushed me outside and I had ecologically diverse mountains in my backyard. Additionally, this was beautiful to look at. The art was absolutely lovely! And the content, while it was stuff with which I am generally familiar, would be amazing and ...more
Venus Maneater
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Some people are blessed with a cool aunt or cool uncle, one that takes you on hikes and catches bugs with you to study. One that always seems to know something about everything, you know...the cool aunt.

Julia Rothman is your cool aunt. She takes you by the hand and tells you something cool about every single thing you encounter. She teaches you the names of the constellations, shows you how to make a seaweed face-mask or what all the different parts of a bird's face are called. She shows it all
Mary Lee
This is more of a browsing book than a read-it-cover-to-cover book, but it has inspired me to get out my sketchbook and my watercolors and spend some time each day being still and noticing the world around me.

Thank you, Amy LV, for the recommendation!
Carrie Gelson
I fell a little in love with this book when I met it. I plan to use it to inspire flower painting, to highlight a labelled diagram and to go leaf exploring. And about a million more things. Perfect for a classroom, for an artist's studio, for homes with little and big learners. ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Picture book for bio nerds! I want to eat this book.
Lindsay Sawey
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations ! Jam packed with neat facts & info! Loved it!
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