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ARITHMETIC ILLUSTRATED AS AN ANAMORPHIC ADVENTURE

SANDBURG CARL

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ISBN 10: 0152038655 / ISBN 13: 9780152038656
Published by HARCOURT BRACE JOVANOVICH, NY, 1993
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Title: ARITHMETIC ILLUSTRATED AS AN ANAMORPHIC ...

Publisher: HARCOURT BRACE JOVANOVICH, NY

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: HARD COVER

Illustrator: RAND TED

Book Condition:NEAR MINT

Dust Jacket Condition: NEAR MINT

Edition: STATED FIRST.

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Illustrations of anamorphic imagery, seen as distortions of optical images, enhance a version of one of Carl Sandburg's most beloved poems, complete with the poet's own fascinating method of calculation.

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Sandburg's classic poem has timeless appeal for all those, young and old, who have ever struggled with the seeming intractibility of math ("Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head") or fretted over convoluted word problems ("Arithmetic tells you how many you lose or win if you know how many you had before you lost or won")--its language remains fresh and fanciful to this day. Here, however, it is paired with anamorphic illustrations (ones whose images appear misshapen when viewed normally), which fascinate in their own right but tend to dwarf the text. Rand's boldly colored mixed-media images impart their own humor and plentiful energy. Experimenting with ways in which different viewing techniques resolve the picture's distortions is an absorbing experience, one that invites imaginative consideration of how we perceive our world at large. But the physical manipulations of the book thus required make it all but impossible to hold the thread of the text from one page to the next, and reading inevitably becomes largely an exercise in viewing. Children may be inspired, using the appended directions, to create their own anamorphic pictures, but they are less likely to gain an appreciation of Sandburg's verse. Ages 8-up.
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