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Small Matters: The Hidden Power of the Unseen

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Millbrook Press (Tm)
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SMALL MATTERS:The Hidden Power of the Unseen started as a fifty-word poem, and is Heather Ferranti Kinser's first book. This book is appropriate for ages 4 to 9.

There are colourful pictures on every page and many are taken through a powerful microscope. You can see the curvy spines on a cat's tongue.
Children can learn interesting facts about shark skin, butterfly wings, bird feathers and more. Did you know that hairs on a honeybees eyes block pollen grains from sticking to the bees eyes?

Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short, simple, well presented and explained, easy to read documentary on small thing in the animals world. Very well done! Nothing more to say!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small things matter! This book is just 100% brilliant! Combining entertaining text with detailed colorful photography, Heather Ferranti Kinser teaches kids about how some really cool stuff in the world is very, very tiny. Tiny....but mighty!

From a sea snail's teeth that can eat rock to the gripping hairs on a gecko's feet, there are all sorts of really awesome, powerful small things that can be revealed with a microscope! The book also includes a lesson on the electron microscope and a list of
Alicia Bayer
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great science-themed book that gives kids a look at parts of animals (a cat's tongue, a gecko's toes, a bee's hairs, etc.) under high powered microscopes to see how these parts help them. It uses colorful photos that are likely to get kids interested in microscopes and looking at their own discoveries under them. The back includes some additional information about microscopes and the animals and their elements featured.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of revi
Donna Maguire
Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on publication day - 7th April 2020!

I thought that this was a great book!

The images are perfect and I loved how close they get to the different creatures.

The book was easy to read and follow and it was a great opportunity to see something you wouldn't normally see, with a few added facts in here or there too.

It is 5 stars from me for this one - very highly recommended!
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow! Looks like this book would be a terrific introduction to young budding scientists -- those boys and girls just curious about anything and everything. Even I learned a few things by reading this book.

The pictures are gorgeous and the details are impressive. The book cover, however, doesn't do the content justice.

I loved this book, but then again I love science. A keeper.

Thank you NetGalley!
Lisa Katzenberger
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fascinating book! I loved learning all the details about the smallest parts of animals and the big jobs they perform. I especially loved learning more about how the blue morpho butterfly gets its color – an insect I’ve always been fascinated with. This book is written with vibrant language accompanied by vivid images. Small Matters is sure to catch the attention of animal lovers and kids who are curious to know what makes things tick. A really unique concept executed beautifully!
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zoom into the tiniest coolest animal features. Have you ever seen a gecko's toes? In 'Small Matters' we get to go microscopic to see some of the most interesting and helpful animal features you can't see with the naked eye! Very fun and easy to read text will be enjoyed by anyone who likes to explore and investigate. ...more
Amit Verma
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a wonderful picture book.
It introduces kids to concept of microscope and how this change when we magnify them.
With excellent pictures of magnificent magnified body parts of animals, it is shown things are different at microscopic level.
A very good collection of pictures.
Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
Sarah Kurpiel
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A fascinating look into the teeny tiny details that give animals their amazing abilities. Heather Ferranti Kinser combines microscopic images with text that reads like a poem interspersed with blocks of interesting information. What makes a blue morpho butterly blue? How does a water strider stride on water? Why doesn't a toucan fall over beak-first? Kids will enjoy the eye-opening answers to these questions and come away inspired to ask new questions of their own. On a higher level, SMALL MATTE ...more
Nanette Heffernan
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lyrical non-fiction at its best! Not only is this book a delight to read aloud with its lyrical style, but it’s absolutely full of wonder. Kisner’s text guides the reader deep into unseen worlds, helping them to understand perplexing concepts like how a gecko is able to stick to the ceiling and how a water strider doesn’t sink? I knew a cats tongue was rough but I didn’t know it acted like a tiny comb. Amazing! The beautiful photos take the reader even deeper, helping to connect the concepts. An ...more
Danielle Hammelef
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a person who enjoys science, I enjoyed studying the eye-catching photography from a scanning electron microscope (SEM) which shows zoomed in images taken from animals' skin, feathers, tongues, eyes, wings, beaks, and feet. This book is full of the "wow" factor for younger and older budding scientists or casual readers who enjoy learning more about animals. The text is also fun--told in a poem on the left sides of the spreads and more detailed explanation of the SEM photos on the right. ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small Matters by Heather Ferranti Kinser is a fun way to introduce science to small children. This book takes animals that most children are familiar with and adds fun facts and a close-up looks through a microscope about each of them. These are fun conversation starters. The illustrations are colorful and engaging.
Claire Annette
Small Matters: The Hidden Power of the Unseen, features eleven kid-favorite animals and gives a unique detailed view of each. Written with lyrical and poetic text, the author explains how small adaptations equip animals to do specialized things. Photographs taken with a scanning electron microscope give an amazing look into how much tiny details matter. We learn how the tiny jagged scales of a shark enables its speed, hooks and grooves in bird feathers help them to fly, and tiny bristle hairs on ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title of the book and the cover of this particular book complement each other quite well. Even though it doesn't quite give away what the reader may find in the pages it is tempting enough to encourage the reader to dive right in.

The book does a wonderful job of explaining that sometimes answers aren't the most obvious replies to what you see and explores how if you can magnify certain aspects you will just see how powerful that small can actually be. Almost a David defeats Goliath althoug
Katelyn Aronson
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful new STEM title for small (but mighty) minds! Packed with fascinating facts, Kinser's book invites us into the tiny but marvelous world that lies beyond what we can see with the naked eye. Close-ups of microscopic images throughout the book reveal the the detail hidden in various skins and surfaces of the animal world. In the author's own words: "Could something THAT small even matter at all?" Her book proves the answer is YES, and kids will revel in the special difference that n ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This fascinating, nonfiction, photo-illustrated picture book takes readers on a microscopic adventure to show how minute details make a big difference to animals as they slither, glide, and fly. Multi-leveled reading is possible with the simple, yet carefully worded animal descriptions, supported by spread-based fact boxes, and supplemented by in-depth back matter. And the overall theme that small things matter is particularly alluring to the child reader. Love!
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about this book was the absolutely incredible photography used to capture the nature being explored in this book. The colors are so vibrant and almost beg for you to try to reach in and touch them. And then the pictures taken through the high-powered microscope are just fascinating. I think the honeybee on the purple flower is my favorite.

It's almost like you have two books going on here. For the younger children, you can just read the larger rhyming prose. Older child
Mary Worley
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small Matters invites readers to look up close to answer big questions and encourages curiosity. I loved learning about the Scanning Electron Microscope and discovering things like why a cat’s tongue is rough, snakes don’t slip backwards, and geckos can walk up walls. The photographs are intriguing. My favorite was the structure of a blue morpho butterfly’s wings—they look astoundingly like trees!

It’s accessible to different age levels and the extensive back matter will satisfy those who need to
Kirstie Myvett
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Small Matters The Hidden Power of the Unseen is filled with colorful photographs to match the informative text. This book gives examples of the small things that make up animals anatomy yet play a powerful role. From the sea snail to the bumble bee the small parts are vital to their survival. This is a great easy to read scientific book that children of all ages will be fascinated with.
Laura Perdew
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book zooms in on the powerful world of the unseen giving readers an up-close look inside a butterfly wing, at a cat's tongue, at the hairs on a gecko's feet, and more. The main text is sparse, yet effective. This is well-balanced with the layered text and amazing macro photography that explains the unseen world. Not only is this an excellent STEM book, but it is also a great reminder that small DOES matter! ...more
Paulette Sharkey
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s all in the details in this clever book, one that takes a microscopic look at familiar animals. The left side of each photo spread shows the entire animal; on the right side there’s an electron microscope shot that zooms in for a close-up of one particular feature: shark skin, butterfly wing, bird feather, snake belly, cat tongue. The text is wonderfully lyrical, perfect for read-alouds. And kids will love the action words: slice, slither, pop. This book will guide budding naturalists to pay ...more
Nell Elizabeth
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very special book--on each page there is a beautiful photo of an animal, and then a beautiful super close up photo of a special detail that you can't see without a microscope, that helps make the animal special. I for one found it very satisfying to see what a super close-up view of a cat's tongue ACTUALLY looks like! Well done, this is a book my kids will come back to over and over (and so will I!) On top of all that--the text is short and like poetry, you don't get bogged down with l ...more
Cathy Ogren
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heather Ferranti Kinser introduces readers to reptiles, fish, insects, and birds that have hidden powers that can’t be seen by the naked eye. On one page, there is a vibrantly colored photograph of the animal. On the opposite page, there is a zoomed-in photograph of the unseen hidden power created by the scanning electron microscope. Kinser has attached a characteristic that describes what each hidden power is. A shark is SPEEDY because it has jagged scales on the skin to help it speed through t ...more
Sharon Tyler
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small Matters: The Hidden Power of the Unseen by Heather Ferranti Kinser is currently scheduled for release on April 7 2020. 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 ...more
Sharon Giltrow
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book Small Matters... starts with some big and powerful statements and then goes on to show the reader that tiny and small often unseen things are very powerful. The animals chosen for this story are the real super heroes of the world and the beautiful real life photos show us how they do this. A must have book STEM book for every child.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being able to zoom in on the hairs of a honeybee's eye! This book will take you there as well as to many other places that help readers see how small things are so necessary in the natural world. Each page of the rhyming text is accompanied by a close up photograph from a scanning electron microscope. A welcome addition to a home or school library that will fascinate young scientists or those just wanting to learn more about their world. ...more
Emma Wood
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating look at the wonders of wildlife, zooming in on nature to reveal how the smallest of details can be hugely powerful.

We see and learn about intriguing microscopic features, such as the teeth on snails' tongues and the hooks and grooves on birds' feathers. It's an engaging concept presented in a vibrant and super accessible way, with interesting typography, great design, and beautiful photography throughout.

The excellent backmatter expands further on the attributes covered in
Elisavet Arkolaki
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An informative book unlike any other! An easy to read, scientific book for children which is guaranteed to sparkle their curiosity. Beautiful photos that match the text, including details such as sharkskin, snail teeth and butterfly wings as seen under the lenses of a powerful microscope. I had no clue for instance that honeybees are fuzzy everywhere, including having hair on their eyes to block the pollen from sticking on them. Fascinating to read and see all these details. Small matters are in ...more
Cynthia Mackey
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book provides a wonderful opportunity to look closely at the small things and shows us how they really do matter! Real photographs show that the wonder of small things is beautiful.
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Heather Ferranti Kinser writes at the intersection of story, poetry, and nature from her home on the San Francisco Peninsula. She’s a former technical editor who now spends her days writing small stories—to make a big difference for kids! She also enjoys listening to podcasts, making pesto for her family, and watching her golden mystery snail eat algae off the aquarium wall.

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