Author: Rachel Williams
Illustrator: Carnovsky (design team)
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions, 2016
Themes: color, flora, fauna
Summary: (from Amazon) Explore ten of the world’s most diverse environments and reveal their hidden secrets with a magic, three-colored lens that illuminates each page in a kaleidoscope of color.
Discover the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, whose super-sensory powers allow them to live and survive in the shadows, then switch the lens to step into daylight, where the heat of the sun supercharges the secret lives of creatures big and small. Finally, use the third lens to reveal the luscious plant life of every habitat as you travel through a jungle, a reef, grasslands, woodland and uncover a world that never sleeps with Milan-based design-duo, Carnovsky.
I like this book because: it’s bright, fun, and a new adventure unfolds on every page! The educational and experimental aspects are multi-layered – I only wish for a second lens so one could explore what happens when you double up the filters! I chose it for the last PPBF pick of 2017 to ring in the new year with a big, bold bang!
Resources/Activities: Honestly, none are necessary due to all that is provided, but why not explore with the lenses around the house or outside, just for the fun of it; go to the library to look for older reference books on flora and fauna to discover the beauty of nature drawings from hundreds of years ago (Maria Sybille Merian is a personal favorite!)
Check out these bold and bright creautures we met on a recent visit to the Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens outside the Glendale Public Library in Arizona (below)
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.