Today I review a wonder-inspiring picture book debut from friend, critique partner, and fellow 2020 Debut Crew member, Heather Ferranti Kinser.
Title: SMALL MATTERS: The Hidden Power of the Unseen
Written by: Heather Ferranti Kinser
Millbrook Press, April 2020
For ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Themes/topics: science, STEM, technology, animal adaptations, scanning electron microscope (SEM), nanoscale
In a BIG world filled with many BIG questions, we look for BIG answers.
But what if an answer is smaller than small?
Could something that small even matter at all?
Summary (from the publisher):
Can something small matter at all? Of course it can! In this book for young readers (who know a thing or two about being small), you can take a super close look at details too little to be seen with the human eye. Powerful shots from scanning electron microscopes show shark skin, bird feathers, the hairs on a honeybee’s eye, and so much more, proving that tiny details can make a BIG difference.
Why I highly recommend this book:
This compelling book invites readers to take a closer look — a nanoscale-level look — at some fascinating animal adaptations. Do you how a water strider can walk on water? Or why a cat’s tongue is so effective at cleaning? The answers are surprising! In SMALL MATTERS, Kinser’s lyrical and illuminating text is coupled with electron-microscope images that together inform and astonish the reader. I imagine kids will come away from this book inspired to ask more questions about animal mysteries and scanning electron microscopes. I HIGHLY recommend this book for classrooms, libraries, and homes. Budding scientists and animals lovers will be enthralled!
Idea for educators:
Use the book’s fascinating, information-packed back matter as a jumping off point to take a deeper dive into particular animal’s adaptations and/or other uses for the scanning electron microscope (SEM).
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