STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Looking at Eyes

Animal eyesEyes come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. We depend on our eyes to find things, to recognize friends, to read a story. Animals depend on their eyes to find food, recognize their families, and understand the world around them.

These two books focus on animal eyes.

Animal Eyes
by Mary Holland
32 pages; ages 4-8
Arbordale Publishing, 2015

Filled with photos, Mary Holland shows a diversity of animal eyes. She shows the difference between predator eyes and prey eyes. She discusses simple eyes and compound eyes. Her photos include night eyes and day eyes, eyes with special eyelids, and animals with more than two eyes.

Back matter includes fun facts and a matching game.

Eye to EyeEye to Eye: How Animals See The World
by Steve Jenkins
32 pages; ages 6-9
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

Jenkins reinforces the message that we rely on vision to understand the world around us. Most animals do – but what they see may be different than what we see. Between the covers of his book, Jenkins introduces you to animals with more than 100 eyeballs and animals with eyes on the tips of their toes. You discover that some animals can look in two directions at the same time, and meet one creature with eyes the size of a basketball.

Jenkins uses realistic cut-and-torn–paper images to show blue eyes, orange eyes, black eyes and gold, eyes on stalks and tops of heads, eyes that see barest shadows and eyes that can see a rabbit from two miles away. At the back there’s a handy explanation on how eyes evolved, and some cool facts about each animal mentioned – plus a glossary .

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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