Full-color photographs of everyday objects explore the mysteries of distance, perspective, and light, as they challenge readers to identify the surfaces, cross-sections, edges, and silhouettes of the pictures.
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Kindergarten-Grade 4-An intriguing collection of photographs: closeups, silhouettes, and cross-sectional shots of everyday household items. Although this sort of "guessing" book is nothing new, this one is very well done. Wexler arranges the images by type, so readers know if they are looking at an edge of an object, or its surface, or if what is pictured is a small part of a larger whole. The mystery objects are shown at the end of each section. The full-color photographs are clear, sharp, and attractive. A page of text introduces and explains the idea and the rest is left up to the pictures to show. A good addition to the puzzle-book collection, and one that could be used with a wide age range.
JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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Ages 5^-9. A popular feature in children's magazines is a page with several small, extremely close-up photographs of familiar objects. In this handsome book, Wexler takes the "What is it?" game to a higher level of sophistication by offering large, striking photos with black backgrounds. Each chapter poses a new visual challenge: part of the whole (the center of a playing card or the teeth of a zipper, for example), surface (cantaloupe, strawberry), cross section (stack of notebook paper, kiwi), silhouette (floppy disk, chocolate kiss), and edge (quarter, potato chip). Well designed, the book may inspire children to think about "everyday mysteries," as Wexler notes in his introduction, and it will certainly encourage them to follow his final advice: "Have fun!" Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525453636