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With facts about creatures having up to 111 eyes and other sea life with eyes as big as basketballs, this book is sure to spark wonder and curiosity. I also enjoyed the section on the evolution of the eye which classified all the different ways various animals take in light and are able to see.
Eye to Eye by Steve Jenkins is an informative text about animals’ eye sight. The book explains the ways that various creatures use their eyes to see the world. It includes engaging pictures and is a Caldecott Honor Winner. From sea slugs to hippopotamuses, this book explains how each animal’s eyes work and how they use their eyes for specific purposes. This book also goes over the four kinds of eyes and includes some really intriguing animal facts as well as the evolution of the eye in the back
I would use this book in 5th grade when students are learning about how structures and systems of organisms perform functions necessary for life. This book would specifically be useful when studying vision and animals. Students could further research the animals included in this book and find evidence to support how a specific animal’s vision is a vital and necessary part of their life.
This book is a WOW book for me because I like that this book is an informative text, but that it also resembles a picture book as well. It has great pictures and I appreciate that Jenkins included both quality information and pictures in this text. While reading this text, I found myself learning things about animals’ eyes that I never knew before. One of my favorite things I learned is that the eyes of a Colossal Squid are the size of a basketball! The visual display of this book will make readers want to know and read more. Jenkins includes some amazing and interesting facts in his book that make it an eye opening read! 🙂
In Steve Jenkins’ nonfiction text Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World, he uses large, vivid and colorful drawings to draw the audience into an exploration of eyes in a variety of different animals. Each page describes an animal’s eyes and their individual capabilities. On the surface, the book teaches students about various animals eyes and how some of them can see heat, some can see colors that humans cannot, some can see far way, while others can move their eyes in all directions. However, J
Teachers could use this book with middle elementary students (first through third graders). Although it may seem more like a fictional picture book at first glance, it maintains key features of a nonfiction text. The book exposes students to academic language that is crucial to vocabulary development and school success. Additionally, it also includes features unique to nonfiction texts such as headings, sub headings, bold words and a glossary.
Aside from teaching students about the types of eyes that animals can have, Jenkins sets up their diversities as unique capabilities, rather than some animals being more or less able. Teachers can comment this informational text to a lesson on each individual’s unique capabilities. Following the book, the teacher could have students think of an ability they possess that makes them special, making it a wonderful integration of science and social studies.