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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."
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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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The act of opening this eclectic, tall-format tome will launch readers on a leisurely and edifying journey of discovery.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Reading through this look at all things museum (definition of; history of; issues surrounding) is itself like wandering through an eclectic and idiosyncratic museum, marveling at the wonders it contains.--The Horn Book

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