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Nature Anatomy


4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,373 ratings  ·  183 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: 2015, non-fiction, art
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
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
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
It is amazing how much information is packed in this small book about the natural world around us. With plenty of diagrams of common rocks, plants, animals, geology, atmospheric and celestial phenomena it is a treasure of info you can use on your next hike in the woods or at the beach. I could have used this book in environmental education years ago. I took it out of the library but I want to own a copy.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, mom
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
Haley Spigner
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BEST BEST BEST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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
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
Recommends it for: everyone
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
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.
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!
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
Kristen Curtis
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such wonderful tidbits of information and beautiful illustrations. Loved it!!
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 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
Recommended to Venus by: Dutchess Gi
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.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
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! ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations and fun facts. A great picture book for children and adults as well. Wish there were prints of the illustrations to frame as wall art!
Michael Scott
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, design, art
I read this book as part of my research to understand how to depict scientific knowledge for everyone to understand. Julia Rothman's Nature Anatomy takes an artistic, moderately structured look at nature.

This book is:
1. Colorful and joyful. Good art.
2. Displaying a curiosity about nature that is endearing.
3. Good for children. You should buy a copy for the child in you, as well.

This is not:
1. A book of science. The author even confesses: "It is about as fair to call this a 'nature book' as it is
Devon Flaherty
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came across Julia Rothman being stuck at home for months on end with a tween and a teen. While relatives have sent me books and punch needle supplies, my husband puzzles, and my daughter paints and canvases, my son has been harder to figure out. I mean, he could just play video games straight from March through whenever this pandemic ends, but that would not be wise. We have tried models, books (which actually does work, but only for the required hour per day), sketchbooks, and then sigh and k ...more
Miriam Holladay Shaw
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This is a very pretty book and a decent sort of introductory/overview text to a variety of subjects. But it isn't as amazing as all the ratings I've seen make it out to be. I thought, briefly, that maybe the problem is that I just sat down and read it in a few sittings, while it could be better as a sort of reference book to have on hand and browse through. But that isn't really true; the illustrations are very nice, but they aren't precise enough to really be used for identification, and all of ...more
Spencer R
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
You can read my fuller review at Spoiled Milks (6/7/19).

Julia Rothman grew up on City Island in the Bronx in NYC. Loved nature. Became a teenager. Forgot nature. Became an adult. Remembered nature. That’s the beginning of her introduction in a nutshell. Running around Prospect Park grew her curiosity in the world around her. This book is, in a way, HER nature book. It is not an all-encompassing book on all things nature. It merely covers a lot of bits of nature that you and your kids will find
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