David Macaulay’s anatomy book, and others

I posted awhile back about the power of reference and then yesterday remembered about how David Macaulay wrote/drew a book about human anatomy (The Way We Work).  He’s famous for his illustrated manual The Way Things Work and his books full of intricate drawings of buildings and other structures, which are also all great for reference, as well as perusing, skimming, and generally admiring.  If you’ve got young ones who are thirsty for knowledge/understanding related to bodies or buildings, these are great books to have around.  And while your attention is on David, I think it’s well worth the few minutes it takes to read through Rome Antics, which is a surprising confluence of literary delightfulness and Roman architecture, offered from the perspective of a pigeon.

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  1. When you mention books now I just go get them without asking questions. Rome Antics is on the way.

    I have noticed lately my son who doesn’t read on his own yet loves grownup picture books (like the kind you buy in the bargain section) to curl up in a chair and look through in moments of transition. We just got him a huge gorgeous treehouses from around the world book for $7. And then he wants to know where that treehouse was built and how they did it and I believe this is where reading starts.

  2. We are big fans of both ‘The Way Things Work’ and ‘The Way We Work’ around here. We also have ‘Building Big’ and ‘Built to Last’ should be arriving soon.

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