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Hidden Worlds by Stephen Kramer
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Nov 15, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juvenilia
Recommended for: Ages 7-12
Read in November, 2008

Kramer, Stephen. Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope, Houghton Mifflin Company, 57 pages. Non-fiction book.

Description: Hidden Worlds, follows scientist Dennis Kunkel around the world as he examines microscopic plants, animals and cells. The book discusses Dennis' career and shows up close views of organisms under a microscope.

Review: This book's biggest strength is that it packs a lot of information about scientific study into a relatively short volume. It shows all different kinds of organisms at a microscopic level and then explains to readers exactly what it is that they are seeing. The images are colorful, interesting, sometimes beautiful and sometimes grotesque. Take, for instance, the image of a dust mite surrounded by bits of cloth, skin and other debris. While the creature looks pretty frightful, readers will learn about their habitats, eating habits and how they can be studied. The book does a great job of using these vivid images as a point to teach kids about what they see.

Professional Reviews:

Manning, Patricia. School Library Journal, October 2005.
Manning states that the engaging text and photos offer an inviting glimpse into the world of a scientist. I agree that this book makes science seem very fun.

Ford, Danielle. Horn Book Magazine, January/Febrary 2002.
Ford approves of the book's focus on Dennis Kunkel and thinks that it does a great job of highlighting the interesting points of his job. Dennis' job is indeed interesting, and this book does a great job of combining details of Dennis' work with the things that he studies.
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