Eye: How It Works (My Readers)

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Celebrated author-illustrator and master explainer David Macaulay brings his unique voice and style to high-interest nonfiction books for newly independent readers.
How can you see that your shirt is on inside out? How do you see the soccer ball coming right at you? How do you know which players are on your team? It all starts with light--and with the amazing human eye. With his unique blend of informative text and illustration, David Macaulay shows how the anatomy of this extraordinary organ works to capture light and send signals to our brains. Joining Castle, Jet Plane, and Toilet, here's an illuminating nonfiction story about the senses for newly independent readers.

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David Macaulay received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In January 1973, Macaulay went to France to work on the first of his twenty-five books, Cathedral. He then constructed a colonial Roman town (City, 1974), erected monuments to the Pharaohs (Pyramid, 1975), dissected the maze of subterranean systems below and essential to every major city (Underground, 1976), built a medieval fortress (Castle, 1977), and dismantled the Empire State Building (Unbuilding, 1980). Macaulay is perhaps best known for The Way Things Work (1988). It was followed by Black and White (1990) for which he won the 1991 Caldecott Medal. A revised edition of The Way Things Work was published in 1998 followed by Building Big, Mosque, and The Way We Work (2008).

Sheila Keenan is an established author of fiction and nonfiction, including Greetings from the 50 States; Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People; O, Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words; and Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: A Book of World Mythology. Her work Dogs of War is a graphic novel of historical fiction based on the role of dogs in the military.

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Gr 2–4—Macaulay did groundbreaking work beginning in the 1970s, bringing information to older children with such innovative works as Cathedral (Houghton Mifflin, 1973) and "The Way Things Work" series (Houghton Harcourt). This book is geared to newly independent readers who like a challenge. The material is placed within the humorous story framework of a coed soccer game. As the match proceeds, the text explains what "you" are observing at each stage and how your eyes are transferring the information to your brain. The book is formatted in an easy-reader style, with short sentences on each page. Macaulay does not shy away from sophisticated vocabulary and concepts appropriate to his subject, but both are supported by copious, clear diagrams. As the author states, this series "is intended to stimulate both verbal and visual literacy." This book will be a boon to libraries seeking informational titles on this level to support the Common Core.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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