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I received a gift for Mothers Day from my husband and was beyond excited when I opened it. Not only was it a unique gift it was a gift that is pretty to look at and educational.

I received a set of books called The Julia Rothman Collection: Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy.

When I opened up the box and checked out the books I literally said oh my Gosh over and over. I love books and design and these do not disappoint. Her details and illustrations are beyond amazing.

The best part of these books are they are mostly illustrated. She does have some writing but keeps it to a minium so you arent just reading line after line. You are staring at pretty illustrarions.

This is my first ever book review and probably my last but I had to share these with you. I know you will love them. I was not approached or paid to write this I am literally just obsessed with these.

I plan to be giving out this book set for many holidays and birthdays to come. It is only $34 which is the perfect price point for a gift in my opinion. They seem like they should be way more than that!

Here is the description from the Amazon listing...

This handsome box set provides hours of enlightening entertainment for those curious about farm life, the natural world, and food. Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Rothman presents Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy in a specially designed slipcase with 10 framable prints. Rothman’s popular line drawings offer a whimsical and educational guide to life on a farm, nature’s hidden wonders, and delectable tidbits from kitchens and pantries around the globe.

Book One Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World

Dive deep into the world of all things nature. This book has illustrations and is packed with educational information. Go beyond your typical leaves, trees, and animals. Dive into nature and see all the pretty pictures.

This book is all about all things nature. Covers types of birds, plants, and flowers. Learn the ins and outs of the great outdoors.  It covers the selected flora, fauna, insects, animals and geological formations such as mountains, the oceans.

Book Two Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life

This book was probably my favorite of the three books. It focuses on gardens and farm life. It is so detailed in the information and illustrations I was blown away by it. The book describes farm life, barns, tractors and even all the tools you might find on a farm.

One thing I just did was plant my first garden. Reading this book I now know the layers of the soil and how to grow certain plants. The book even has recipes to use with the items you grow from your own garden. It covers the climates for all regions of the United States and when the last freezes are.

The best part of this book, in my opinion, is all the cool information on chickens and chicken coops. I had chickens growing up and we are planning on adding a coop to our backyard soon. The book is so detailed and informative. She explains all in illustrations what type of coops there are and what each coop needs. The sizing and how to feed them. Later in the chapters, she covers chicken breeds that are good for eggs and good for meat. DId you know it only takes 21 days for a chick to hatch? Me either and now I do. I also know which chickens to get so I can get the best eggs.

Book Three Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Our Edible World

This book is all about food and utensils needed to cook or prepare food. Beyond informative and educational. Most of us know the basics but she goes beyond that and shows us the ins and outs with the prettiest illustrations.

She starts with an illustrated history of food and ends with a global tour of street eats. Along the way, Rothman serves up a hilarious primer on short order egg lingo and a mouthwatering menu of how people around the planet serve fried potatoes — and what we dip them in. Award-winning food journalist Rachel Wharton lends her editorial expertise to this light-hearted exploration of everything food that bursts with little-known facts and delightful drawings. Everyday diners and seasoned foodies alike are sure to eat it up. 

The way she shows you and gives details is amazing. It was really refreshing learning about food in cultures from around the room. She has illustrations showing kitchen items like pots and pans all the way to mixers.

Perhaps my favorite part of this was the details of different meat cuts. Yes I have read about them in school but have forgotten most of it (getting older sucks). 

She gives details on beef, chickens, and lambs. Where certain cuts of meat come from and even how to prepare some of them. 

Each book was a short read but I have a feeling I will be showing my children them for years to come. Whenever they have a school project or just ask about certain things about the outdoors gardening or food we can look them up together. I actually learned a few things on lettuce varieties and even quizzed my farmer hubby on them.

Free Printables

As if this book set could not get any cooler, they include printables to use! They are hand painted illustrations that come straight from the book.

They are pictured above aren't they super cool! They have the different style of barns, breeds of chickens, and how to make an ice cream sundae. My favorite is probably the anatomy of the horse. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below.

From the Back Cover

This special collector's edition set features Julia Rothman's best-selling Anatomy series, plus 10 framable prints. In Farm Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Food Anatomy, Rothman's whimsical eye and curious nature shed an imaginative light on all the parts and pieces of our world. These beautiful, brimming pages are guaranteed to delight and inform readers and explorers of all ages.

About the Author

Julia Rothman is an illustrator, pattern designer, and author. In addition to working for clients such as the New York Times, Target, and Ann Taylor, she has her own lines of wallpaper, stationery, fabric, and dishware. Rothman has authored and co-authored six books and counting, including Food Anatomy, Nature Anatomy, and Farm Anatomy. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

A Review left on the listing from Amazon buyer Cyndi:

HOW are these amazing pieces of literary art and education so inexpensive?! I totally don't understand! Each of these books alone is easily worth the cost of the set! They are jam packed with information, they are a beautiful compilation, and even I have been learning from them! I am taking a Charlotte Mason approach to educating my children, and my five and two year old love listening to the segments in these. We sit with water colors and draw photos from the segments and then paint them while the children listen. The bright illustrations are captivating, and the information is presented in a fascinating way!

If you are on the fence about these books, I'll help you out! INVEST! They are well worth far more than what you'll pay here!!