The Museum Book

A Guide to Strange and Wonderful Collections

By Jan Mark; Richard Holland (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763633707, 51pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

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Description
Why do people collect things? This ode to museums mighty and minuscule will draw curious viewers of all ages -- and is worthy of collection itself.
What is a museum? Why would anyone amass shells, words, clocks, teeth, trains, dinosaurs, mummies . . . or two-headed sheep? Find out where the word "museum" comes from and what unusual items (unicorn horns? mermaids?) some early museums placed on view. Jan Mark's humorous and conversational insights take readers through museums' multifaceted history, while Richard Holland's eye-catching mixed-media illustrations lend their own quirky flair. With vivid examples from all around the world, this wonderful book puts museums -- and the many artifacts lovingly stored there -- on display in a whole new light.



About the Author
Jan Mark is a distinguished children's writer, specializing in short stories. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Library Assocation Carnegie Medal on two occasions. Her collections of short stories include Nothing to be Afraid Of, Feet and Other Stories, and Enough is Too
Much Already. Jan Mark is a distinguished children's writer, specializing in short stories. Since her first novel, 'Thunder and Lightnings', was published in 1976, she has won a number of awards for her work, including the Library Assocation Carnegie Medal on two occasions. Her collections of short
stories include 'Nothing to be Afraid Of', 'Feet and Other Stories', 'Enough is Too Much Already', 'A Can of Worms', and 'In Black and White and Other Stories'. For adults she has published 'Two Stories' and a novel 'Zeno was Here'.
She has also written for radio and television, and she frequently visits schools and colleges to speak about writing. Since childhood she has read and collected nineteenth- and early twentieth-century children's fiction. She lives in Oxford.


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