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A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution''s National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth''s natural history. Giving a clear overview of the classification of our natural world-over 6,000 species- Natural History looks at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. Featuring a remarkable array of specially commissioned photographs, Natural History looks at thousands of specimens and species displayed in visual galleries that take the reader on an incredible journey from the most fundamental building blocks of the world''s landscapes, through the simplest of life forms, to plants, fungi, and animals.

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Gr 5 Up-A dazzling visual introduction to natural history. This oversize volume, which marks the centennial of the Smithsonian''s National Museum of Natural History, begins with an explanation of how the information is arranged, including a discussion of the measurements, icons, and abbreviations used throughout the text. The first chapter offers a brief introduction to Earth, and its geology and life-forms, followed by separate, extensive chapters devoted to minerals, rocks, and fossils; microscopic life; plants; fungi; and animals ("the largest kingdom"). Each chapter consists of sections representing major taxonomic classifications and within these sections lower taxonomic groups are discussed. Numerous pictorial galleries highlight varieties of specific species. Scattered throughout are feature profiles that offer in-depth analyses of single specimens (white water lily, cane toad, etc.). Pages dedicated to a specific life-form include a chart that indicates phylum, class, orders, families, and species. The information provided for each entry (both common names and Latin names are included) is generally brief and limited to two or three sentences. The stunning color photographs (totaling more than 5000) and the volume''s encyclopedic approach make it a welcome addition.-Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* An introductory visual guide to the natural world, this volume’s strength rests with original and compelling photographs and illustrations. A team of distinguished scientists renders the accompanying text informative yet concise and accessible to nonspecialists, including students and general readers. Six chapters make up the book. In the first, “Living Earth,” copiously illustrated introductory essays on topics such as climate change, evolution, and classification provide context. This is followed by chapters on “Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils”; “Microscopic Life”; “Plants”; “Fungi”; and “Animals,” offering picture galleries that profile about 5,000 specimens and living species ranging from topaz to oyster mushroom to sperm whale. Each chapter is divided into sections representing major groups (for example, “Invertebrates”) with an introduction highlighting the characteristics that define the group. Each subgroup (“Sponges,” “Insects”) also has its own introduction. For living species, “Classification” boxes display the current taxonomic hierarchy. Picture captions provide information such as size, habitat, and distribution. Topics of debate are interspersed in sidebars throughout the text; for example, “Did monocots have aquatic origins?” and “Are birds dinosaurs?” The remarkable color photographs and illustrations, commissioned for this work, depict the natural world in its amazing beauty and diversity. In “Feature Profiles,” close-up photographs provide detailed images of some of the world’s most interesting species, such as the fly agaric mushroom, the Mexican red-kneed tarantula, the Aldabra giant tortoise, and the six-banded armadillo. Appendixes include a 4-page glossary and a 24-page index of scientific and common names. Extensive scope and exceptional photographs distinguish this ambitious work. Succinct commentary, notable for its clarity and authority, deftly burnishes the visuals. Highly recommended for high-school and public libraries. --Nancy Cannon

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"''Natural History'' delivers a fascinating photographic survey of everything from minerals to mammals." --Martha Stewart Living Magazine, December 2010

"A beautiful tome [that inspires] wonder and delight... ''Natural History'' is kind of like having the Smithsonian Natural History Museum on your bookshelf...stunning." --WIRED.com, October 19, 2010

Magnificent and intriguing photographs and illustrations put [this title] on par with works of art and not just coffee-table art. [G]orgeous, fun, and so inexpensive it seems the publishers are prepared to lose money on each copy. Each page brings together illustration and develops information much better than a computer screen...Everyone with eyesight, from children through scholars, will find something to enjoy. Buy with your allowance if you have to." --Library Journal (STARRED review), November 1, 2010

"Extensive scope and exceptional photographs distinguish this ambitious work. Succinct commentary, notable for its clarity and authority, deftly burnishes the visuals. Highly recommended for high-school and public libraries." --Booklist (STARRED review), December 1, 2010

"This entire book is an explorer''s delight, the type of book that can captivate a kid for life." --Chicago Tribune, October 19, 2010

"[A]n unrivaled visual survey of Earth''s natural history, looking at every kingdom of life." --BookPage, November 2010

"648 pages of breathtaking nature photos and facts. From the noted publisher Dorling Kindersley." --Scholastic Parent & Child (Holiday Gift Guide) November 2010

"Sorting through stacks of gift books is a guaranteed joy ride through landscapes of beauty. And no book in 2010 was more beautiful than ''Natural History''. Another of DK Publishing''s exquisitely realized reference guides, this one -- produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian -- is the perfect antidote for a world so enraptured by its smart phones that it has stopped seeing the wonders outside its door.

DK renders, in hundreds of pages of mesmerizingly detailed color photographs, our planet''s incomprehensible variety of life: plants, flowers, fungi, rocks, minerals, microorganisms and a breathtaking menagerie of animals. Set down your Angry Birds for a sec and consider the unassuming majesty of the scarlet ibis -- or the apothecary rose, the peacock mantis shrimp, the crimson waxcap mushroom. If its quills make you quiver, wait until you get a load of a porcupine''s teeth. You''ll see the world anew, and be appropriately awed." --NPR.org, December 1, 2010

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PRNLM
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Stellar book. Really worth having around for generations.
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
If you grew up in a house like mine, there were a few big, lumbering volumes that you''d return to year after year, whatever your age, to browse through, look at the pictures, consume a bit of trivia, and absorb knowledge by osmosis. And even as an adult, you still remember... See more
If you grew up in a house like mine, there were a few big, lumbering volumes that you''d return to year after year, whatever your age, to browse through, look at the pictures, consume a bit of trivia, and absorb knowledge by osmosis. And even as an adult, you still remember them and the hours that you''ve spent over the years looking at them.

This is just such a book. Beautiful images, wonderful, broad content that is informative and surprisingly deep, both for kids and for adults. Lots of pages, lots of heft. Not a throwaway "pictopedia" at all, but a good general reference for Earth science and biology.

Heavy. Heavy, heavy, heavy in the best way, with thousands of glossy pages that keep kids and adults alike engrossed for hours on end. Absolutely worth it at double the price. Get it and keep it on your coffee table and watch as everyone reaches for it, opens it, and immediately starts commenting on the things—educational things, real things—that they''re surprised and delighted by inside.

The perfect antidote to our social media age and malaise.
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Graham H. Seibert
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Outstanding book. The focus is on life - animals first, then plants. Minerals are well done, but a secondary concern.
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2017
I bought this along with a couple of kids'' books to put on my 5-year-old''s bookshelf. The photographs are amazing. They carry the story. The text is good, but a picture is worth a thousand words, especially for a child. There is always something to learn. I,... See more
I bought this along with a couple of kids'' books to put on my 5-year-old''s bookshelf. The photographs are amazing. They carry the story. The text is good, but a picture is worth a thousand words, especially for a child.

There is always something to learn. I, for instance, learned that flowering plants evolved well before the great extinction of the dinosaurs. There are fossils of oak trees that far back. More than that, probably because they reproduce by seeds, it appears that plants survived that event better than animals.

This book gets a lot of attention from guests to my home in Ukraine. It is the kind of thing that Americans continue to do well. I am gratified to add that it is delightfully low-key on sensitive topics such as global warming. They simply want to display nature in all its glory, and do a great job.
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Fantastic Guide for Anyone
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
Fantastic Guide for anyone wanting to learn about the nature around us. I''m an Illustrator and was looking for a visual guide like this to help with creature designs and so forth. The book is organized very well, and it''s great to be able to flip to a specific page to use... See more
Fantastic Guide for anyone wanting to learn about the nature around us. I''m an Illustrator and was looking for a visual guide like this to help with creature designs and so forth. The book is organized very well, and it''s great to be able to flip to a specific page to use as a reference. The plus side is I''m an animal lover as well and this makes fantastic reading and learning as well!
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Great book,but not protected.
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2019
This is a great book,but when I got it, the book just inside the box by itself. No protective , nothing cover. The book was little damage. But still like it.
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Happy with my purchase
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
Wonderful addition to our family library. I began homeschooling this year and wanted a book that delved into animals, plants, and the earth in a bit more detail then the 4th grade science text we are using as a spine book. I found multiple Smithsonian books that covered... See more
Wonderful addition to our family library. I began homeschooling this year and wanted a book that delved into animals, plants, and the earth in a bit more detail then the 4th grade science text we are using as a spine book. I found multiple Smithsonian books that covered each topic individualy but add them all together and that is a good chunk of change. This book covers all of the topics I needed in one text. So far we have covered invertebrates and there are bright vivid photographs on each page with clear and concise summaries of each phylum which is what I wanted. Great addition to any home!
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Alina
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Page cut wrong with huge crease. Damaged inside and out.
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2020
Book came damaged inside and out! The outside didn’t bother me as much until I saw the vent page that was obviously cut after a crease was made in the pages. So when the book pages were cut, it took a corner off the page. The corner of the book was scrunched a bit and book... See more
Book came damaged inside and out! The outside didn’t bother me as much until I saw the vent page that was obviously cut after a crease was made in the pages. So when the book pages were cut, it took a corner off the page. The corner of the book was scrunched a bit and book had very noticeable scratches on the holographic cover. Would NOT recommend. Sloppy creation.
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We have loved using this book with our other homeschool science materials
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2017
We have loved using this book with our other homeschool science materials. My kids now prefer it to other supplemental books that we have. The organization is perfect, and the pages aren''t cluttered with information like some books. It shows several examples of each... See more
We have loved using this book with our other homeschool science materials. My kids now prefer it to other supplemental books that we have. The organization is perfect, and the pages aren''t cluttered with information like some books. It shows several examples of each species with just a little information. The pictures are excellent. I would highly recommend this book if you have elementary age children. It will hold their interest for hours!
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Stunning!
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2020
We just started homeschooling last year, and my son is one of those kids that loves to snuggle down with a book and just absorb it all, then later tell you all about the interesting things he''s learned. When I saw this book I knew he would love it. It''s HUGE! Almost 2... See more
We just started homeschooling last year, and my son is one of those kids that loves to snuggle down with a book and just absorb it all, then later tell you all about the interesting things he''s learned. When I saw this book I knew he would love it. It''s HUGE! Almost 2 inches thick, this thing has some girth to it. It''s one of those that you add to your collection for life, and will keep going back to. The content is amazing, and the photos are stunning. It covers everything in the natural world, from animals to minerals to microbes. Fabulous resource. I know we''ll be coming back to this over and over.
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J.W.
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Great reference book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2013
Great book, bought it for my girlfriend who make photorealistic illustrations, she loves it and finds it useful as a reference. Everyone who''s seen it has had to paw through it for half an hour.
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eXCELLENT BOOK AND SERVICE
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Reviewed in Canada on August 8, 2020
This is an AMAZING book! Worth every penny. My 9 yr old daughter and myself can''t put it down. I''m using it as a homeschool reference for natural science and in combination with Dover colouring books (and YouTube) it provides all the info we need on the respective animal....See more
This is an AMAZING book! Worth every penny. My 9 yr old daughter and myself can''t put it down. I''m using it as a homeschool reference for natural science and in combination with Dover colouring books (and YouTube) it provides all the info we need on the respective animal. She decides which animal she wants to colour and then uses this book to see what colours. Both have a lot of valuable information.
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Great resources for kids and the elders.
Reviewed in Canada on July 3, 2017
In the Tradition of the Smithsonian DK books, this is a magnificently illustrated compact encyclopedia of it''s subject. The whole of plant and animal natural history is covered, and this is the sort of browsing book my kids (7-yr-old twin girls) my kids love. It''s also a...See more
In the Tradition of the Smithsonian DK books, this is a magnificently illustrated compact encyclopedia of it''s subject. The whole of plant and animal natural history is covered, and this is the sort of browsing book my kids (7-yr-old twin girls) my kids love. It''s also a good bed-time book, to look at the pretty (and sometimes not so pretty, depending on how you feel about bats) animals and the stories that go with them. The book serves its primary purpose well, as an introduction to the range of species types, rather than an exhaustive bestiary. I could wish that species were drawn to scale, especially unfamiliar forms where the largest butterfly is the same size as typical forms, and the smallest hummingbird is enlarged to show detail. Maps would also be useful, but on re-consideration would take away space from the pictures. It''s more expensive than most of the books in this series, but well worth it for any child interested in the world around him or her.
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Fantastic book, my 9 year old loves it and ...
Reviewed in Canada on April 24, 2018
Fantastic book, my 9 year old loves it and this book is a permanent fixture and reference on our living room coffee table. Forget Google, when you want to know something of natural history, open a book and turn off your computer. Your kids will love you for it when they are...See more
Fantastic book, my 9 year old loves it and this book is a permanent fixture and reference on our living room coffee table. Forget Google, when you want to know something of natural history, open a book and turn off your computer. Your kids will love you for it when they are adults and have their own rug rats.
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