Close, Closer, Closest

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Using dramatic, full-color photographs, Shelley Rotner and Richard Olivo introduce young readers to perspective and scale in a fun and easy-to-understand fashion. Each spread shows an everyday item from three different perspectives: close, closer, and closest. By observing the photographs, children will be able to gauge the relative size of an object and discover how things can look very different close up from how they do far away.

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Overview

Using dramatic, full-color photographs, Shelley Rotner and Richard Olivo introduce young readers to perspective and scale in a fun and easy-to-understand fashion. Each spread shows an everyday item from three different perspectives: close, closer, and closest. By observing the photographs, children will be able to gauge the relative size of an object and discover how things can look very different close up from how they do far away.

Introduces perspective and scale through pictures of objects taken from three different distances.

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K-Gr 3Rotner and Olivo take children on a journey they can continue long after this book has been put down. Sixteen fairly common objects are depicted and enlarged, not once, but twice, to show details that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Readers can see the lines and dots that make up a picture on a TV screen, the scales of a butterfly's wing, and much more. The photographs are laid out in double-page spreads, with the "close" and "closer" (still recognizable) shots on the verso, and a full-page "closest" magnified image on the right. The spare text plays second fiddle to the photographs and serves mostly to explain some of the visual details. This is not a storytime selection; rather, it is a concept book to be used one on one or as part of a science or art unit. An appended note explains how the photos were created, how to use a magnifying glass, and how to determine the scale of the enlarged photo. A fine addition to any library or classroom collection, and one that simply cries out for a hands-on experience to follow it.Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
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Full-color photographs of everyday things with increasing degrees of magnification invite readers to take a closer look around them. Rotner (Action Alphabet, 1996, etc.) and Olivo examine a fish and its scales, a butterfly wing, leaf, sunflower, cookie sprinkles, a bowl of cereal, strawberry, peacock feather, dog hair, yarn, coins, an image from a TV screen, and a photo of a smiling child. They conclude with a discussion for parents and kids about how the pictures were taken, and how an object of known size included in a picture helps viewers determine scale. The photographs at greatest magnification can become fuzzy, but still make the point; the same can't be said of the text, which is often puzzling. An image on a TV screen "is made of red, green, and blue stripes" that will look like individual rectangles to children, and it leaves the insight incomplete: How does the child's light skin and hair emerge from these three intense colors? The text over the close-up of the sunflower calls it a round circle of "seeds," but what is shown is too immature for the term. Despite such limitations, this inviting concept book offers much for children to pore over, and some natural lead-ins to discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689807626
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.27 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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