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Up-Close Mysteries: Zoomed-In Photo Puzzles


You'd know a lion if you spotted one, right? But what if its whiskers and claws were all you saw? Could you still tell what it was? Solve these tricky puzzles by guessing the big picture from its parts. If you're up to the challenge, you're in for some serious fun!

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You'd know a lion if you spotted one, right? But what if its whiskers and claws were all you saw? Could you still tell what it was? Solve these tricky puzzles by guessing the big picture from its parts. If you're up to the challenge, you're in for some serious fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
In a busy world, it is easy to overlook the minutiae. Though examining details is the purpose of this book in the "A+ Books Eye-Look Picture Game" series, it is easy to disregard them here, too. Young readers are presented with close-up snippets of larger photos, but the majority of the close-up shots are very pixilated, making what could be quite interesting photos difficult to enjoy. Readers will find themselves flipping through the book to look for the clear pictures and will not spend time evaluating the low-quality close-ups. In addition to many of the photos being hazy, the photography selection is inconsistent in that some of the close-up's detail one subject (such as a lion), while others detail part of a scene (such as a construction zone). Also, the text that accompanies the photos often feels incomplete. For example, the text states that elephants use their large ears to cool themselves in the hot African sun. While this is a true statement, it is misleading in that it encourages young readers to believe there are no elephants living in the wild in other parts of the world (such as India). Parents, teachers, and librarians who wish to present macro-photography riddles to their students would be better off subscribing to the National Geographic Little Kids' magazine, which often presents these kinds of photo mysteries in their "What in the World Are These?" section of the magazine. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—These guessing games fall flat. Alike features four clearly labeled photos and requires the audience to rely on previous knowledge to determine which example doesn't belong. Unfortunately, numerous pitfalls abound. Multiple correct responses apply for some questions, though there is only one answer provided. For example, one page lists a cold shake as the different item in a collection featuring pizza, hot cocoa, and soup. Three of the items contain liquids, however, so pizza could serve as the differing one but is not given as an option. On another page, the text admonishes, "You can play with a doll, a ball, or a marble. But scissors are not a toy." Compare offers various analogies highlighting topics of interest to young participants, e.g., "Seedling is to tree as tadpole is to ____." The photos on the facing page show a fish, a frog, and a pond. Remember asks questions demanding recall based on photographs. For example, following a page of pictures of nine butterflies, the text asks, "What color is the butterfly in the middle?" Mysteries provides photographs of parts of a larger object to display clues to identify the item; in one example, an easily recognizable trunk and tusks offer a clear clue (elephant). Vivid, crisp photographs define each option, though clothing appears dated. A few questions mislead and some visual clues fail to offer immediate answers, even with the concluding answer key. Fake enthusiasm gushes in these uninspired offerings.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429675505
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Eye-Look Picture Games Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen McCurry is a writer and editor for Capstone Press. She has written several books for children and volunteers in children's reading and literacy programs. Kristen lives in Minnesota with her husband, book-loving twin children, and an elderly Boston terrier.
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