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Strange Nature: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss



by
Gregory Mone
illustrated by
Levon Biss

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9781419731662
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A highly original collection of photographs that unlocks the hidden beauty of the insect world—now adapted for young readers!

Adapted from the adult title Microsculpture, this book for young readers is a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science. Levon Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale formats to provide an unforgettable viewing experience. The book also features an all-new, kid-friendly text from acclaimed science writer Gregory Mone, who brings the insects to life for young readers with plenty of humor and fascinating facts.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

595.7022

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Nonfic

Topics

Insects. Pictorial works. Photography of insects. Entomology. Levon Biss (1975– ). Nature and the natural world. Animal behavior and characteristics.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–The cover of this insect-centered title will attract readers right away. The introduction describes how a boy’s interest in the bugs in his backyard piqued the curiosity of his father, a professional photographer. The father, Levon Biss, usually photographs famous people, but this project took him to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Biss met naturalists who allowed him to “borrow” specimens of a variety of insects and photograph them using new and interesting cameras, lights, and other equipment so that each insect was photographed many times and in microscopic detail. The bugs were not alive because live insects would not have stayed still for their pictures to be taken. The photos were then enlarged to 10 feet and displayed in museums. Each spread shows a photo of the insect on the verso page with inserts, arrows, and explanatory text. The recto shares the insect’s name, location in the world, and size in millimeters. A short paragraph describes the insect, with a few facts in a box below. The detailed facts are sometimes tongue-in-cheek when ­describing bodily functions. The text also shares when scientists have not discovered details that might add to our understanding of some of these insects. The book ends with a glossary and a website for learning more about microsculpture. VERDICT This fascinating title should not be missed. ­Readers who love insects, those who are fascinated with new forms of photography and its ­connections to the study of science, and teachers looking for new ways to ­interest ­students in science will love reading and ­using this book.–­Susan ­Lissim, Dwight Sch., New York City

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–The cover of this insect-centered title will attract readers right away. The introduction describes how a boy’s interest in the bugs in his backyard piqued the curiosity of his father, a professional photographer. The father, Levon Biss, usually photographs famous people, but this project took him to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Biss met naturalists who allowed him to “borrow” specimens of a variety of insects and photograph them using new and interesting cameras, lights, and other equipment so that each insect was photographed many times and in microscopic detail. The bugs were not alive because live insects would not have stayed still for their pictures to be taken. The photos were then enlarged to 10 feet and displayed in museums. Each spread shows a photo of the insect on the verso page with inserts, arrows, and explanatory text. The recto shares the insect’s name, location in the world, and size in millimeters. A short paragraph describes the insect, with a few facts in a box below. The detailed facts are sometimes tongue-in-cheek when ­describing bodily functions. The text also shares when scientists have not discovered details that might add to our understanding of some of these insects. The book ends with a glossary and a website for learning more about microsculpture. VERDICT This fascinating title should not be missed. ­Readers who love insects, those who are fascinated with new forms of photography and its ­connections to the study of science, and teachers looking for new ways to ­interest ­students in science will love reading and ­using this book.–­Susan ­Lissim, Dwight Sch., New York City

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