Animals of a Bygone Era

An Illustrated Compendium

Author: Maja Säfström

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0399578528

Category: Nature

Page: 112

View: 9230

Shares illustrations of animals that once roamed the Earth, including the coryphodon, megalodon, and macrauchenia.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

Author: Maja Säfström

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1607748320

Category: Nature

Page: 120

View: 762

"Did you know that giraffes can lick their ears? Or that ostriches can't walk backwards? These and many more charming quirks about the animal kingdom (ants never sleep! starfish don't have brains!) are detailed in this visually sophisticated and appealing gift book. Illustrator Maja Sofstr m's entrancing illustrations bring these captivating facts to life-making The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Factsa must-have for animal and art lovers both young and old."

Extinct animals

an encyclopedia of species that have disappeared during human history

Author: Ross Piper

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313349874

Category: Nature

Page: 204

View: 2820

An accessible resource to the animals that have become extinct during human history.

A Gap in Nature

Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery,Peter Schouten

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 9780871137975

Category: History

Page: 184

View: 2364

Introduces the many animal species that became extinct over the past five centuries as the result of European expansion into various parts of the world, including the great auk, Carolina parakeet, thylacine, and passenger pigeon.

This Phenomenal Life

The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with Our Universe

Author: Misha Blaise

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493028510

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 8665

Entertaining, colorful, and deceptively full of facts, This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. From the vast galaxies above to the miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, and we share the same biochemical basis of life with all living beings on earth, from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale. Whimsically hip illustrations elucidate wild science-based facts, from the unexpected intimacy we have with fungi on a daily basis, to the similar ways that humans and birds learn to communicate. Powerful evidence of our interconnection with nature combined with beautiful artwork will inspire the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.

A Victorian Flower Dictionary

The Language of Flowers Companion

Author: Mandy Kirkby

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345532864

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 187

View: 9474

Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings-- love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom. Kirkby shares the historical literary, and cultural significance of flowers.

Lost in Translation

An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

Author: Ella Frances Sanders

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607747111

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 112

View: 1888

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English. Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest? Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee. In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation. From the Hardcover edition.

Giants of the Lost World

Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Monsters of South America

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588345734

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 2031

The evolution, biology, and discovery of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that lived in South America. Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost world.

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway

An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-mile Paleo Road Trip

Author: Kirk Johnson

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 1555914519

Category: Nature

Page: 204

View: 8128

Two "paleonerds" embark on a roadtrip across the West in search of fossils.

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings

A 21st Century Bestiary

Author: Caspar Henderson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022604470X

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 2405

From medieval bestiaries to Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, we’ve long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer’s song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology—they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don’t. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson’s book—from the axolotl to the zebrafish—are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings transports readers to a world of real creatures that seem as if they should be made up—that are somehow more astonishing than anything we might have imagined. The yeti crab, for example, uses its furry claws to farm the bacteria on which it feeds. The waterbear, meanwhile, is among nature’s “extreme survivors,” able to withstand a week unprotected in outer space. These and other strange and surprising species invite readers to reflect on what we value—or fail to value—and what we might change. A powerful combination of wit, cutting-edge natural history, and philosophical meditation, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings is an infectious and inspiring celebration of the sheer ingenuity and variety of life in a time of crisis and change.

Keepers of the Game

When the Baseball Beat Was the Best Job on the Paper

Author: Dennis D'Agostino

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1597976911

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9266

The inside stories from baseball's legendary beat writers

Los Angeles Art Deco

Author: Suzanne Tarbell Cooper,Amy Ronnebeck Hall,Frank E. Cooper, Jr.

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738530277

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 4525

Art Deco made its formal appearance in Paris at the 1925 L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Dâecoratifs et Industriels Modernes, a showcase for art, architecture, and design that promoted progress, modernity, and the present. The greatest export from this exhibition was a style that has since been recognized as one of the great design movements of the 20th century. Art Deco's growing recognition coincided with the growth of Los Angeles as the entertainment capital. Between the world wars, the city's architecture sprouted characteristic signs of Art Deco: the interplay of vertical and horizontal features, geometric shapes, use of exotic and modern materials, as well as simplified streamlined forms. This volume's collection of images celebrates Los Angeles's Art Deco heritage, showcasing such structures as Bullock's Wilshire, Sunset Tower, the Oviatt Penthouse, the Wiltern and Pantages Theatres, and many more.--From publisher description.

How Maine Changed the World

Author: Nancy Griffin

Publisher: Down East Books

ISBN: 1608936325

Category: History

Page: 136

View: 6187

As Down East Books celebrates 50 years of great book publishing, it seems appropriate to reflect upon the contributions Maine has made that have had significant cultural and historical impacts on both the United States and the World. Did you know that the caterpillar tread, common on bulldozers and tanks, originated from the design of Lombard’s steam log hauler; or that the dry plate photographic process was created by the Stanley brothers, who also invented a speed-record setting steam powered car and whose sister, Chansonetta, was a well-known photographer in her own right? Maxim’s machine gun forever changed the practice of warfare. The humble peavey is a simple tool well-known to any forester or lumberjack. The ubiquitous lobster boat, the microwave oven, earmuffs, and Monopoly—all came from the minds of Mainers. This book is a celebration of Maine’s creative ingenuity—from the very large, such as Portland Head Light and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge to the very small, such as the toothpick and the Bean boot.

A Halloween Reader

Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloween Past

Author: Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 9781455605514

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 5462

The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition

A Compendium of Knowledge from the Classical Islamic World

Author: Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698166760

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 8477

For the first time in English, a catalog of the world through fourteenth-century Arab eyes—a kind of Schott’s Miscellany for the Islamic Golden Age An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogs everything known to exist from the perspective of a fourteenth-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and thirty volumes—here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time—it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshipping cults, sexual aphrodisiacs, and the substance of clouds, to how to get the smell of alcohol off one’s breath, the deliciousness of cheese made from buffalo milk, and the nesting habits of flamingos. Similar works by Western authors, including Pliny’s Natural History, have been available in English for centuries. This groundbreaking translation of a remarkable Arabic text—expertly abridged and annotated—offers a look at the world through the highly literary and impressively knowledgeable societies of the classical Islamic world. Meticulously arranged and delightfully eclectic, it is a compendium to be treasured—a true monument of erudition. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Skyrim Library

The Histories

Author: Titan Books,Bethesda Softworks

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 9781783293193

Category: Games

Page: 232

View: 9683

For the first time, the collected texts from the critically and commercially acclaimed fantasy video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are bound together in three exciting volumes. Lavishly illustrated and produced, these titles are straight out of the world of Skyrim - and a must for any wandering adventurer.

Dinosaurs to Dodos

An Encyclopedia of Extinct Animals

Author: Don Lessem

Publisher: Scholastic Reference

ISBN: 9780590316842

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 1177

Presents the names, physical characteristics, and places of origin of a variety of extinct animals, arranged chronologically into eras, periods, and epochs, and discusses times of mass extinction.

Random Illustrated Facts

Author: Mike Lowery

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761189955

Category: Humor

Page: 203

View: 1934

Trivia meets its match. Did you know that Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits? Or that the Mars Rover sang itself "Happy Birthday"? How about the odd ingredient Civil War soldiers used to make coffee? From Jupiter's diamond showers to why pirates wore eye patches to the delightful link between dancing goats and the discovery of coffee, this collection of obscure and fascinating facts is brought to you by Mike Lowery, an illustrator and connoisseur of the offbeat. Featuring four gatefolds and hundreds of infographic webs that connect the trivia in dozens of surprising ways, it's a little book that delivers endless delight.

Dads Are the Original Hipsters

Author: Brad Getty

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452108854

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 136

View: 661

He listened to vinyl before you did. He drank whiskey before you did. He had a mustache before you did. Admit it: your dad was a hipster before you were! Based on the blog phenomenon of the same name, this book celebrates dads as the original hipsters. Vintage photos of real dads back in the day—in their short shorts and tight tees playing arcade games—accompany snarky captions that at once tip a cap to Dad's glory days and poke fun at modern hipsters. Featuring tons of never-before-seen content, this is the perfect gift for dads, hipsters, and those who love to tease them!

Alphabetics

An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology

Author: Patrick Concepcion,Traci Concepcion

Publisher: Little Gestalten

ISBN: 9783899557282

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 820

From Atticus, the altruistic astronaut, to Zooey, the zonked zombie, this book revamps the ABCs. C is for Cat? D is for dog? Not in this book! Here, Colossal Cornelius captures his companions with his camera and Daisy the diver dares a death-defying dip with dinosaurs. In Alphabetics, each of the alphabet's twenty-six letters is depicted with an awesome alliteration--not to mention an illuminating illustration--that will captivate and stimulate young minds. Although the lettered tales are meant to be humorous and fun, they also serve a commendable purpose. Complex words are introduced to expand children's vocabularies and linguistic horizons. The book includes a glossary so that readers can look up any terms that are unfamiliar to them.