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If you have children who love nature walks, enjoy talking and learning about nature, and are interested in all of the living creatures and plants around them, they will be thrilled to get their hands on Nature Illustration by Julia Rothman.

Inspiring little ones to create nature journals with their own drawings and observations, Nature Anatomy has the vibe of a well-organized notebook—or a hand-written encyclopedia. 

If you are looking for a book with educational value as well as interesting, beautiful images for school-aged children, Nature Anatomy fits the bill. 

Book title: Nature Anatomy

Author and Illustrator: Julia Rothman

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC

Recommended ages: 6+

Length: 224 pages

Unique features:

Detailed hand drawings of nature’s anatomy fill the pages with soothing colours and feature illustrations of plants, animals, rocks, landforms and other phenomena, along with their names and explanations, to satisfy little nature lovers’ curiosities by answering many of their questions in one book.

Story:

Nature Anatomy combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the anatomy, function, and cycles of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of mushrooms, the insides and surface of the planet Earth, the water cycle, how the ecosystem of a pond works, and much more. Beautiful illustrations with informative notes teach kids about the natural features and inhabitants of the Earth, as well as open their eyes to the inner workings both below the surface and on the surface of the planet they call home. Flipping through each page until the end leaves you with the feeling that you have thoroughly toured the Earth through whimsical and peaceful images.

Illustrations:

The illustrations in this book are simple yet beautifully done, capturing the important details and features of nature. Although some might prefer photos or realistic illustrations for teaching children about nature, the illustrations are informative and relatable enough to capture the main features. 

Reading experience:

Each section provides short, simple but detailed explanations to give children a basic understanding of the topic. The only aspect I found slightly lacking was that it is not particularly easy to locate specific information. You can flip through and spot the topic you are looking for, but the table of contents is very generalized and not easy to use. Also worth mentioning is that some of the cursive writing challenged my still young child—which was a bonus and turn off at the same time, since it motivated her to learn cursive as well as quickly discouraged her from reading through parts of the book.

Overall, it is a beautifully illustrated book that adds value to my children’s learning, and it is a beautiful and timeless piece that will add interest to any coffee table.

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