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The Museum Book

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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 25, 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, one of Britain s most distinguished authors of books for young people, was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal and also received many other awards. She passed away in January 2006. Richard Holland says that THE MUSEUM BOOK inspired him to try a new mixed-media collage style and "was an illustrator s dream." He lives in Essex, England."
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