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Summary: This book offers a up close look at a miniature universe that is populated by such creatures as dust mites, ticks, Army ants, weevils and the head louse. Micro photography magnifies these bizarre critters giving the reader a real close up image of each subject. The accompanying text contains facts and a smattering of information about each creature. You’ll find a glossary at the back of the book also. This is an illustrated nonfiction book for engaging kids in books with a great "yuck" factor.
Type of Reading: independent reading, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 11
Interest Level: 7 to 11
Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: The child found the photos interesting but I don't think he was totally aware of what he was looking at!
Adult Reader Reaction: For older children this is an excellent way of introducing objects which are all but impossible to see with the human eye.
Pros: The photography is fantastic and the text does a decent job of
explaining what you are seeing.
Cons: This could be a little scary for a younger child.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you are a science teacher buy this book; otherwise
borrow it first and then decide if you wish to own it!
Educational Themes: There is a lot to explore with this book. In addition to learning about incredibly small animals and insects, you can use this book to talk about photography and magnification.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.
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