Looking Closely around the Pond

Overview

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ? a leaf? A net? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's a dragonfly's wing. Children will learn about dragonflies and many other creatures in this interactive book that encourages imagination and instills a respect for the natural environment.
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Overview

Look closely. Look very closely. Is it ? a leaf? A net? Just turn the page and, lo and behold, it's a dragonfly's wing. Children will learn about dragonflies and many other creatures in this interactive book that encourages imagination and instills a respect for the natural environment.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
A surprise awaits the reader at the turn of every page in this engaging and educational book. Things are not always what they appear to be and this is evident when the reader is encouraged to "look very closely" at an enlarged portion of a photograph and ponder what the item might be. Is it a planet or a candy bar? It is, in fact, an average item that is commonly found around a pond. The following page shows a full-size photograph of the item and explains it in detail. A box turtle, shubunkin fish, and a mallard duck, are a few of the animals that are featured. Water lilies, cattails, and algae are some of the plant life that is included in the book. The explanations are, on average, about two paragraphs long, and the full-page photographs are glossy and vibrant. This exciting book encourages everyone to look closely at their surroundings because they may be surprised by what they see. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Close-ups of a portion of a pond animal, insect, or plant on a spread invite children to guess the featured subject. The book opens with box turtles, which stay close to shore, "because they are not very good swimmers." Such rhyming questions as "What do you see?/A leaf?/A net?/What could it be?" prompt a guessing game. Turn the page, and the riddle is answered—"It's a Dragonfly." The animal, insect, or plant is then described in a couple of jaunty paragraphs on a page facing a full-color photograph. While most of the photographs draw viewers in, some are not crisp and clear, and most of the close-ups are so small that it is almost impossible to make a correct guess. The representative plants and animals are mostly forest pond habitats—mallard, water lily, and tadpoles—but could also be seen in a natural backyard. A shubukin (an Asian goldfish found in garden ponds), a tiger salamander, algae, and cattail are also included. Not an essential purchase.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553373957
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Looking Closely Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,535,732
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Serafini is an educator and avid nature photographer whose work has taken him from Fiji to Mexico, from Canada to Australia. Previously a primary schoolteacher, Frank is now Associate Professor of Children's Literature and Literacy Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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