COBB VICKI. Fun and Games: Stories Science Photos Tell. (Illus.) NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991. 32pp. $15.95. 90-22792. ISBN 0-688-09315-9. Glossary; Index; C.I.P.EI-JH
Fun & Games contains a series of photographs of perfectly ordinary subjects: a bouncing ball, a leaping gymnast, a football being kicked, a collision between a ball and a tennis racket, a karate chop, hands playing a piano, a phonograph needle on a record, waves, running shoes, a ski slope, and popcorn popping. However, these ordinary subjects are transformed into extraordinary photographs with the use of such special events and techniques as the zero gravity of space flight, stroboscopic multiexposure photography, computer-enhanced X-ray photography, scanning electron micrography, oscilloscopic photography, thermography, infrared photography, PET (position emission tomography) scans, and Kirlian photography. Each photograph examines an event or an object listed above; the accompanying text explains both the techniques used to create the photograph and the scientific principles behind it. The photographs are of the highest quality; the text is clear, concise, and accurate. Children from ages 8 to 14 will find the material in this book fascinating and challenging. Science teachers could use the photographs as a springboard for further discussion. The book is recommended highly to public and school libraries that want to bolster their basic science collections.-- Michael Knee, State University of New York, Albany, NY
COBB VICKI. Natural Wonders: Stories Science Photos Tell. (Illus.) NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990. 32pp. $14.95. 90-30914. ISBN 0-688-09317-5. Glossary; Index; C.I.P.EA-YA
The author has assembled 14 single or group photos that extend our normal vision and reveal underlying scientific principles at work in the natural world. Photographs using time exposure, high-speed stroboscopes, and photomicrographic techniques illustrate examples from the disciplines of astronomy, meteorology, geology, biology, and others. Each full-color photo is accompanied by an explanation of how the photo was taken and what interesting thing the photo tells us about nature. The book is inherently difficult to organize or use as a reference, since a wide variety of subjects are covered. The volume will appeal not only to
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Publication information: Book title: Science Books & Films' Best Books for Children, 1988-91. Contributors: Maria Sosa - Editor, Shirley M. Malcolm - Editor. Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1992. Page number: 184.