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|Eye to eye : how animals see the world|
Author: Jenkins, Steve
Presents a series of animals that possess unusual eyes.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 165429
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 7.30
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 63386
Common Core Standards
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Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Craft & Structure
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/14)
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/14)
The Hornbook (00/03/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 Gr 3–6—The ability to perceive light and dark first developed in simple animals approximately 600 million years ago. Since that time, multiple variations of eyes have evolved from four main types: eyespot, pinhole, compound, and camera. Toward the end of the book, Jenkins devotes a page to describing the "evolution of the eye," enabling readers to easily follow the changes. Jenkins's outstanding torn- and cut-paper illustrations offer a fascinating look at these important organs, which range in size from the tiniest holes (starfish) to basketballs (colossal squid). Eyes not only allow animals to find food and avoid predators but can also assist in swallowing food and aid in attracting a mate. Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information (for example, as a halibut ages, one eye moves until both end up on the same side of its head, the panther chameleon can operate both eyes separately, and the hippopotamus has a clear membrane that enables it to see while underwater). Animal facts, a bibliography, and a glossary round out this slim volume that will captivate readers of all ages.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2014 Jenkins continues his anatomical tour of the animal world (What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, BCCB 3/03, etc.) by looking at, well, looking. Beginning by briefly outlining the four commonest kinds of eye (from the cluster of light-sensitive cells that is an eyespot to the focusable camera eye of humans), the book goes on to offer a gallery of animals with different visual capabilities. Each page features an animal, a brief paragraph explaining its vision, a facial close-up for good eye viewing, and a thumbnail of the animal in its entirety. Subjects include the snail, whose eyes mostly detect predatorial shadows; the nautilus, whose lensless pinhole eyes allow water to flow in and out; the green pit viper, who has a special organ that allows it to see infrared radiation; and the halibut, whose eyes migrate as it gets older so that they both end up on one side. Though a bit more explanation or labeling would have been helpful in a few spots, it’s an enlightening overview, and the framing of eye anatomy, especially the concluding chart explaining the evolution of the eye, gives the information a broader context that gives the book impact beyond Jenkins’ famously vivid cut-paper illustrations. End matter includes additional facts about the featured animals and a glossary of terms. DS - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 04/01/2014 This attractive, large-format volume introduces eyes in the animal kingdom. Large, colorful, and sometimes arresting, the illustrations will draw many young children, but they will find the vocabulary and concepts challenging. While the introduction briefly discusses the history and types of eyes, it does not provide the basic background that kids will need to understand the information given later. A typical entry features one animal on a page or a double-page spread. Jenkins seeks to amaze and inform with factoids, such as that the basketball-sized eyes of the colossal squid can detect the faint glow of tiny bioluminescent creatures when they are disturbed by an approaching sperm whale, the squid’s archenemy. The writing seems complex for the intended audience, but the artwork is handsome and well composed; each image is a subtle, intricate paper collage. There’s no indication of the animal’s actual size until the back matter. Still, browsers will enjoy the illustrations, while teachers might find this a useful visual resource for showing a wide variety of animal light-sensors and eyes. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.