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Ocean: A Photicular Book (Photicular Books) (Photicular Books - Animal Kingdom)

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Showcasing stunning photographic images that ripple with movement, Dan Kainen fully immerses readers in a captivating underwater realm. Carol Kaufmann introduces each animal with tidbits about physical characteristics, behavior, and conservation. Delightful and engrossing, the text sparkles with evocative details, effervescent descriptions, and eyewitness immediacy.”

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The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin , the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics—size, habitat, range, diet, and more. The Dutch Airport of Schipol has the worlds largest lenticular image, and it’s an entire wall. It’s incredible, and I’m hoping to see it this month. I’ve been a fan of lenticular images for years now, they’re fascinating.

Great for people of all ages and educational, if you like National Geographic then you'll like this big time. But I'm not sure of the audience. I don't think children brought up on high quality video and multi-media ebooks on iPads will be impressed for long before asking the question "What else does it do?"

Photicular Book : Kainen, Dan, Kaufmann, Carol Ocean: A Photicular Book : Kainen, Dan, Kaufmann, Carol

I was simply amazed when I looked through it! Even my Husband had to come over and see for himself. Sometimes a book just reaches out and grabs me. “Safari: a photicular book”, grabbed me and I am having trouble letting it go. I had it with me for days while out at the Reference Desk because I wanted to write about it and couldn’t figure out how to describe it. But now it is ready for another reader and I have to say goodbye. At least while I had it at the desk I was able to share it with others, (whether they really wanted to see it or not).

In the introduction Kainen he shares that his grandfather was an inventor, his father an artist and the curator of graphics at the Smithsonian, and that as a child, he was a magician. He explains that photicular imaging is an old technology, lenticular or integrated photography, done in a new way. His third patent is for the Motion Viewer, his first product in the field of integrated imaging and the Motion Viewer is what makes “Safari” so spectacular. The writer, Carol Kaufmann, tells the story of the safari from its day of big game hunting to the important role it plays today in animal conservation and preservation in Africa. Oceans make up almost three-quarters of our planet. We are humbled by their vastness and power, and the countless varieties of creatures that live in them. There is wonder and magic in watching even the most recognizable species as they float, swim, or glide weightlessly through their element. The awe of watching the natural world up close is what I hoped to capture in Ocean. Photicular images, with their paradoxical ability to stitch interleaved images together, actually accentuate rhythmic motion—the perfect medium in which to enter this parallel underwater universe. A decade ago, I remember my old boss Tim Chatman designing a paper flip book thing for a client of ours.

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