Stamp collectors usually collect stamps only from certain countries or regions. The traditional method of stamp collecting is to organize stamp collection according to the issue dates.
Of course, there are many methods of collecting stamps. You can collect stamps relating to a particular theme. For example, sport lovers may choose the Olympic theme. They try their best to find Olympic stamps issued by various parts of the world every four years. Some of them may want to concentrate on even more specific sport activities like ball games, gymnasium, swimming, etc.
If you like astronomy, you may be keen on collecting stamps describing the stars, planets, spacecraft, spacemen, etc. once you have fixed the topic, you no longer need to bother about stamps other than the theme you selected. Then, you can put all your effort to collect the stamps around it.
China issues zodiac animal stamps (十二生肖邮票) every year to celebrate the Lunar New Year. They are extremely popular and a lot of collectors wait patiently for 12 years to collect a full set of them. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year special stamp series began in 2000 with the Year of Dragon and the twelfth and final set was issued in 2011, the Year of Rabbit. Recently some Western countries have issued zodiac animal stamps, which attract a lot of attention as well.
You may choose any theme you like. However, you should bear in mind an essential point. The topic you choose should not be too narrow. Otherwise, it is very difficult to collect stamps around the topic. You will be depressed and even lose your interest in collecting stamps.
Collecting stamps with these is especially popular among teenagers because there is a wide range of choices for them. The main challenge is how you organize and expand your collection around your theme.
小题1:What is the main idea of the passage? （no more than 5 words）
小题2:What should you do if you want to collect a full set of zodiac animal stamps? （no more than 7 words ）
小题3:Why shouldn’t your topic be too narrow ? （no more than 10 words ）
小题4:List the three general themes in collecting stamps mentioned in the passage.(3 words)
小题5:Who like collecting stamps best? (1 word )
小题1:Collecting stamps with themes
小题2:We should wait for 12 years.
小题3:Because it is very difficult to collect stamps around the topic.