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Score: 9.3/10  [1 review]
4 out of 5
ProdID: 2619 - Planet Earth - Up Close!
Written by Matthew Murrie and Steve Murrie

Planet Earth - Up Close!
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June 2010

Planet Earth - Up Close! product reviews

Take an up close and personal look at some of the most amazing animals and places on the planet!

From the depths of the oceans to the frozen poles, Planet Earth takes you closer than ever to the head of a bullet ant, the spots on a jaguar, the snout of a dugong, and much more!

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 24th of June, 2010

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This Review: 9.3/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Accuracy:
Score 10 out of 10
Ease of Use:
Score 10 out of 10
Extra Features:
Score 8 out of 10

Zoom in on some of earth's most interesting plants, insects and animals, and see the fine details that make them almost unreal in appearance.

While most of the 'close up' pictures are amazing, there are a few that made me wonder why they bothered to include them... a prime example was the Venus Fly Trap plant, whose close-up was out of focus and contained hardly any plant! On the flip-side, most of the macro photos were rich in tiny details, such as the Cicada wings, Bullet Ant head, Dung Beetle and Brain Coral. The most stunning one for me was the shot of the 2-inch long fang of the Gaboon Viper, dripping venom! -shudder-

Each lifeform has a 2-page spread, with some interesting facts about it... but I wouldn't call this anything more than a 'book of interesting bits and pieces, and some stunning photos' - it's not a teaching aid, it's a way to introduce kids to the wonders of the world that are too small for us to easily see unaided. This still makes this book a valuable aid for learning, in the same manner as a seed is valuable in growing a tree... as the saying goes, 'From the smallest acorn, great oak trees grow' - so too does a passion for knowledge of our world sprout from simple books such as these.

Overall, though not the biggest, best, or most impressive of it's kind I have come across, it is certainly no slouch nor is it worth passing off as irrelevant. If you see it in the shops, take a few moments to give it a look-through and you may find it surprises you.

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