Blink! (Imagine This!) by Doe Boyle ill by Adèle Leyris
Blink! invites readers to take an up-close examination of eyes with these interesting facts: detailed eye closeups of the bay scallop, with over sixty eyes, a dragonfly eye composed of thousands of lenses, the yellow-glowing "eyeshine" behind the bullfrog's eyes which helps it see at night and a whirligig beetle eye which is split into two different parts for seeing separately above and below water.
Boyle's lyrical verse introduces the eye of a specific animal. Leyris larger-than-life close-ups, zero in on the eye. Additional information is displayed inside animal silhouttes. Bold graphic design contrasts the silhouettes with solid background color. Engaging page design.
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Leyris' richly hued images span the gutter, filling the entire two-page spread.
Back matter contains a diagram of the human eye and description of "How Your Eyes Work," an Author's Note, a list of Resources, and a Glossary.
Dragonfly by Aimèe M. Bissonette ill by Catherin Pearson
Dragonfly describes in detail the evolution, growth stages, appearance, and behavioral characteristics of this species. Did you know that in it's lifetime a dragonfly will molt up to seventeen times or that dragonflies can fly straight up or down, backward, forward, and even upside down? Fascinating!
The narrative thread speaks through the collective voice of these insects. Scattered on each page are a collection of interesting tidbits of information, expanding on an individual page's main concept. These informational bits shift to a straightforward third person point of view.
Bissonette introduces readers to precise terminology. Illustrations, descriptions, and some context clues assist readers with these scientific terms: naiads, nymphs, predators, molting, aviators, external, iridescent.
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Pearon's jewel tone full-page illustrations are primarily in complementary shades of purple, blue and gold. Bold shapes, particularly the wings and eyes have a prismatic quality.
Back matter includes an Author's Note which provides additional information, including the insect's environmental impact. Resources page lists books for children and adults as well as sources for activities.