Eyes and Ears

Eyes and Ears

by Seymour Simon
     
 

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Seymour Simon has written over 200 award-winning science books about animals, anatomy, astronomy, earth science, and vehicles!

  • Six tiny muscles hold each eyeball steady in the sockets of your head.
  • The ears contain the three smallest bones in the body: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup.
  • In addition to hearing, ears help you to keep

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Seymour Simon has written over 200 award-winning science books about animals, anatomy, astronomy, earth science, and vehicles!

  • Six tiny muscles hold each eyeball steady in the sockets of your head.
  • The ears contain the three smallest bones in the body: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup.
  • In addition to hearing, ears help you to keep your balance.
  • Without the brain, we wouldn’t be able to see or hear.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
“As always, Simon’s remarkable ability to write concisely, accurately, and appealingly makes this book readily accessible to young readers.”
Children's Literature
Seymour Simon is well known for his ability to take a complex scientific topic and present it in a way that young readers will understand and enjoy. He begins with the basic facts and build from there. In this book, he takes a closer look at the human body and in particular, the way our eyes and ears function. In addition to photographs and greatly enlarged images of the interior of these organs, there are diagrams to further clarify the way we see and heat. Readers will see a picture that contains the light sensitive never cells�rods and cones. The cones let us see color and the rods are used to see in black and white. The exercise to find your blind spot and to understand how backgrounds influence what colors are perceived will be fun and quite instructive. As for the ears, readers will learn not only do they have a job regarding the ability to capture sound and transmit information to the brain; the ear also helps with balance. While the eyes and ears capture the information, it is really the brain that does the processing and truly lets us see and hear. For those who may want to know more about the brain, Simon has written a book about it and how it works. Eyes and Ears is another good choice for librarians and a great personal purchase for kids who are always asking how things work. 2003, Simon & Schuster,
— Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%>0688153038
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Simply written but absorbing explanations of the major components and functions of these sensory organs are accompanied by stunning photographs and crisp drawings. For browsers and report writers alike. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Distilling complicated scientific information to primary-grade level is never easy, and Simon (Amazing Aircraft, not reviewed, etc.), widely known for his work on a broad range of topics, makes some unfortunate errors in this account of how we hear and see. He discusses how light passes into the eye, and how light-sensitive cells in the back of the eye trigger nervous impulses to the brain. Some fine pages discuss how the brain interprets what it sees, and how it can be tricked by optical illusions. However, at one point the text description of the anatomy of the eye disagrees with the (correct) labeled drawing beside it. Seymour also states that the optic nerve from each eye crosses over to the opposite side of the brain; this is incorrect. Each optic nerve actually splits, with half of each nerve going to each side of the brain. The section on hearing describes the anatomy and physiology of the ear canal, and notes that ears are important for balance as well as hearing. The quality of the illustrations varies widely--some are fascinating, some confusing, and a few, photographs of the ear clearly taken from cadavers, are nauseating without being particularly informative. Better captions would have helped throughout. The text is clunky in spots. Not bad overall, but not as good as it could be, and there�s a wealth of material recently published on these topics. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060733025
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,316,019
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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