|Small matters : the hidden power of the unseen|
Author: Kinser, Heather Ferranti
Take a super close look at details too little to be seen with the human eye using a scanning electron microscope.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 2–5—Readers are invited to zoom in on the anatomical parts of 11 different creatures, from sea snail teeth to gecko toes. On each spread, the verso shows a large photograph of the animal being discussed. The recto offers a close-up. A fuzzy honeybee is depicted exploring a flower, and then the hairs on its eyes are magnified to wondrous results, using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). A cat licks itself, and its tongue is shown covered in curvy spines. Facts are brought up concisely; very few sentences are used throughout the book. The beautiful photographs add reader appeal. The SEM is fully explained, as is the term nanoscale. Animal components such as shark skin, butterfly wings, toucan beaks, and water strider legs are further explained after the main text. VERDICT An engaging look at microscopic parts of familiar animals. Recommended.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2020 Kinser’s debut asks whether something small can matter, and offers examples of when tiny features make a big difference to an animal. In the main body of the book, one creature is examined per double-page spread, with the verso showing a close-up, full-color image of the animal and listing the feature being highlighted. Each recto shows a color image from an SEM (scanning electron microscope) of the tiny body part—a water glider’s leg hairs that keep it from sinking, for example, or the tiny “curvy spines” on a cat’s tongue. These pictures offer lots of “can you guess?” opportunities for parents reading with children, and the last spread provides a more detailed (but still accessible) explanation of the relevant science. Kinser also discusses and diagrams how an SEM works. STEM-interested children will find this a fun introduction to the unseen world, and those doing reports on snails, sharks, butterflies, toucans and other birds, snakes, water striders, bees, cats, cicadas, and geckos will find that the information here, though brief, gives their assignment that extra something. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.