Academic journal article Science Scope

Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs

Academic journal article Science Scope

Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs

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by Barry Rothstein and Betsy Rothstein. 2011. 61 pp. $19.99. Chronicle Books. San Fransisco, CA. ISBN: 9780811877725

Eye-Popping 3-D Bugs uses phantograms, or three dimensional photographs that imitate normal vision to give students a unique entry point into the world of insects, spiders, and an array of invertebrates. This technology enables the reader to view more than twenty organisms in great detail and experience a bugs' eye view of their environment. It is an extraordinary experience to put on a pair of red-and-blue glasses, (provided with each book) and watch the bugs jump off the page.

To prepare the reader for the awaiting adventures the book provides an initial explanation of the creation of the images includes a diagram of the camera and sample images to illustrate the color filtering. As each bug is introduced, both its common and scientific name is included. Anatomy descriptors ranging from the proboscis (tubular tongue) of the moth or butterfly to the elytra (extra pair of wing cases) of the beetle is noted and able to be observed as the bugs fly off the page.The wings of the dragonfly appear transparently fragile and tempt the reader to reach out and touch them, only to realize it is not truly popping off the page! …

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