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Are Those Animals Real?: How Museums Prepare Wildlife Exhibits

Are Those Animals Real?: How Museums Prepare Wildlife Exhibits

by Judy Cutchins, Ginny Johnston

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Gr 3-5A substantially revised edition of the 1984 title (Morrow; o.p.), covering a variety of museum display projects and practices. In a brief introduction, readers learn why taxidermy is useful and, in each of the six chapters that follow, see how different creatures (lions, pelicans, praying mantises) are prepared for public display. The simple text explains the major steps or unique aspects of each preparation; dramatic, well-captioned, full-color photographs highlight the descriptions. The text of this new edition has been shortened considerably, and all photos are now in full color, giving the presentation a greater sense of vitality and less of a textbooklike appearance. Despite the obvious physical differences, entire sections of the earlier version can be seen here; however, some interesting elements have been omitted (such as the chapter dealing with the preparation of marine life). An appropriate title for children planning a visit to a natural history museum, as well as for those who are just curious.Janet O'Brien, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Pleasantville, NY
Mary Harris Veeder
Children who visit museums, like to build models, love animals, or are interested in movie special effects will enjoy this book, which was originally published in 1984. The new edition includes full-color photos as well as an updated text. Making clear that the specimens were not killed simply for the purpose of exhibition, the authors explain how six different animals, including a praying mantis and a lion, are readied for display. Information on the career paths followed by the exhibit builders might have been an interesting addition to the text, but the work is still certain to fascinate a diverse audience. Glossary.

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