This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected With Our Universe

Written and Illustrated by Misha Maynerick Blaise

*PEMstaff Recommended*

This publication comes highly recommended by Peabody Essex Museum's own Jane Winchell, The Sarah Fraser Robbins Director of the Art & Nature Center

Entertaining, colorful, and deceptively full of facts, This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. From the vast galaxies above to the miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, and we share the same biochemical basis of life with all living beings on earth, from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale. Whimsically hip illustrations elucidate wild science-based facts, from the unexpected intimacy we have with fungi on a daily basis, to the similar ways that humans and birds learn to communicate. Powerful evidence of our interconnection with nature combined with beautiful artwork will inspire the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2017
ISBN 9781493026869 (hardcover)
SKU #5192


About The Pod- The Art and Nature Center

Come experience our living world anew in the Pod! Grow your awareness of nature, try on new ways of being, and tap into your own creativity.

The Pod is part of PEM's Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center which investigates our place in nature through contemporary art, memorable objects, and interactive experiences. Designed for visitors of all ages, the family-friendly center features installations, changing exhibitions, hands-on displays, and art-making spaces. 

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