Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How and Why

UGH.  Science!  I dreaded this subject in school.  I was terrible at it!  There was no part of it that I enjoyed, except maybe collecting different kinds of leaves and identifying them.  Other than that, I was so lost and confused.

But maybe if I would've had these fantastic How & Why series of books, it would've made the way a little easier!  I love these - they're easy to understand, the illustrations are great, and there are little experiments to follow with the information the reader has been given.

I've collected these in many places over the years - junque shops, antique stores, our beloved AAUW book sale, Dretzka's (where it was actually new/old stock!) - they seem to be everywhere.  Which is why it's even harder to understand where these books went when I was in school, because they pre-date my school age by at least 10 years.

Take this "Sound" book - it's from 1962 (I started Kindergarten in 1973).  Aren't the illustrations fantastic?  It's also really easy to understand, although I have to wonder if this is in hindsight; maybe I just didn't "get" science back then.

As you can see, I have quite a few of these wonderful books.  They cover all manner of science - meteorology, physical science, biology, physics - all in that mid-century look that's unmistakable.  Even my beloved Futura font makes appearances!

Imagine this in a kids' book today!

These books will be collage fodder for the rest of my life - it'll take me that long to use them all!  :)


  1. Hi Mel,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I found you through an internet search and am glad I did. I love all the ephemera you show.

    I WAS a science geek. And those books look incredible. If I had even one, I would turn it into an altered book, or at least use the pages from it. You found the BEST collage fodder around. I especially loved the human body and the weather book, since they were NOT part of my area of expertise.

    1. Hi Bleubead and Elizabeth! I don't know how I missed your comment earlier - sorry it's taken me so long to reply! :D

      I would check for these How and Why books in used bookstores and junque shops. They're never very expensive, maybe 2 or 3 bucks (at least in my experience).

      Good luck, and thanks for reading! :D