Nature Anatomy is colorful, whimsical
By Abby Horton
See the world in a whole new way! Julia Rothman celebrates the joys and wonders of the world with her book Nature Anatomy the second book of The Julia Rothman Collection. It is an illustrated guide to the natural world of North America. The art is colorful and whimsical. It covers the selected flora, fauna, insects, animals and geological formations such as mountains and the oceans. If you are looking for an in-depth scientific discourse, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for an engrossing book with a description that will reawaken an inner part of you, this is the book for you. All the bits of information are presented alongside Rothman’s simple, but beautifully colored illustrations using mediums such as ink and watercolor. The guide also gives fun craft ideas like painting landscapes and printing patterns of leaves. One of my personal favorites were step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade face masks out of dried kelp, aloe vera and banana.
The overall motif of this book is the goal of persuading the reader to open their eyes to the wonderful world that we live in. With the help of a friend, John Neikrasz, Julia writes and draws about the most basic aspects of nature that our society seems to be taking for granted. Lastly, I don’t think this book has a specific audience. In fact, it would be enjoyed by cooks, artists, scientists and writers of all different ages! This is why I recommend this book for everyone and deem it no need of a label.