Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum

Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum

Walter Rothschild was a shy boy who barely ever spoke and his father in particular worried that he would never make anything of himself. Born into a world of mind-boggling, wealth, Walter, the eldest son, was destined to be a banker as his father was banker to the Queen of England. Described as the richest boy in the world, Walter found himself in the natural world around him. He loved to explore the acres and acres of his father's great estate. Instead of connecting to boys his own age or even going to school, Walter was educated by a governess at hoe and he spent his time with the creatures that "crawled, slithered or flew." One magical day when Walter was seven, he saw a circus parade and it was at that moment that he found his voice and himself. He raced home and announced to his stunned parents that he was going to build a museum for animals. This informative biography takes us beyond the facts of Walter Rothschild's life and into what it was like to be Walter Rothschild. You can easily put yourself into his shoes and understand the passion he felt for his creatures and the fascination he had with nature and how he simply was not intended for the banking world that his father eventually foisted upon him. The illustrations deliver a warm and often comical ingredient to the kids' eye view biographical information. A fascinating look at a unique individual who made a major contribution to our knowledge and appreciation of the natural world around us. Ages 6-10 40 pages

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