Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World By Gordon Grice Cover Image
Call or email to see if a used copy is available.
Out of Print

Staff Reviews

If your kids can’t go on a walk without picking up feathers and acorns and seashells, this will be an indispensable resource for the family. Full of wonderful pictures, information, and advice on collecting and displaying. — Jennifer Armstrong


Exactly the book for every young explorer who loves finding stuff in nature and bringing it home. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the wonders of natural history and the joys of being an amateur scientist and collector.

Nature writer Gordon Grice, who started his first cabinet of curiosities at age six when he found a skunk’s skull, explains how scientists classify all living things through the Linnaeus system; how to tell real gold from fool’s gold; how to preserve butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; how to identify seashells; the difference between antlers and horns; how to read animal tracks. And then, what to do with your specimens, including how to build a cabinet of curiosities out of common household objects, like a desk organizer or a box for fishing tackle.

About the Author

Gordon Grice is a nature writer and author of The Red Hourglass: Lives of the Predators and Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals. His articles about wildlife and biology have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Discover. He lives in Wisconsin and online at

Praise For…

“…elegantly designed book, with its surfeit of spectacular images.” –New York Times Book Review

“Perfect for amateur scientists and avid collectors…” –Boys Life

“This is a beautifully illustrated book that will undoubtedly spark the curiosity in any kid who reads it.” –Boing Boing

Product Details
ISBN: 9780761169277
ISBN-10: 076116927X
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 200
Language: English