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on 16 April 1999
My friend recently brought this book to school. She got it off of here. I loved it! Your always wondering what you'll find next. This book is definitley a "page turner" and thats what people like the best.
P.S. I'm 13 and I loved it so take away that 6-8 age limit because your losing ALOT of customers!
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on 14 October 1998
Although I am a professional writer, my review isn't nearly as technical as the previous two readers'. This, quite simply, is a FUN BOOK! My four month old daughter enjoys the bright images on each page and adults love the zoom concept! It keeps you guessing and reminds you to look at the bigger picture in life... perhaps reminding you that you're not in the world all on your own. Add this to your bookshelf and then pick up an extra copy as sometimes it is not easy to find and you'll surely want to give one as a gift!
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on 3 September 1999
What a unique, thought provoking book. Just shows what you see is not "as it appears". LOVED IT! Giving it to everyone I know at Christmas.
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on 10 May 2011
An excellent resource for any trainer wanting to encourage thinking and the practice of leadership/teamwork. Brilliant illustrations which lend themselves to a great exercise of putting the pictures in order. The downside is you need to cut up the book and laminate the pictures!! See internet link to Zoom.
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on 12 September 1997
Rooting through the so-called "children's section" of your local bookstore you will most likely find a bright spine emblazoned "ZOOM" that sets itself apart from the competition with unique design and memorable detail. Istvan Banyai's first book proves to be a strange animal in the overwhelming and often blase world of children's literature. His work features vivid images that effortlessly pull the reader into a vortex of thoughtful progression, as each image turns out to be only a fragment of a larger picture. Sound confusing? Intriguing? This is a book that has to be seen, no, experienced, to be understood. Although the term "reader" is slightly inappropriate. Banyai's book has no text, which heightens the individual significance of each image. The book is definitely cosmopolitan, ranging from metropolitan to Polynesian images. One of the great things about this book is that is not exclusively or even definitely for children. It is the coffee table book that few could re
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on 6 June 2011
Great pictures, very well done. Good for children, we're using it for a team building exercise on our work away day.
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on 28 April 2016
I used this as a team building exercise for a group of 30 odd people. I took all the pictures out of the book, mixed them up, handed them out and the team had to work out the correct order by just describing their pictures to one another. Chaos ensued to start with but eventually they worked it out. It took about 25 minutes in total. It was interesting to watch and got some good feedback afterwards.
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on 10 December 2014
Used it for a team building exercise at work. Cut out the pages and divided into 2 parts. Challenged the groups to see which got it in order first. Also - interesting to watch group interactions as they try to figure it out. As a group exercise, the person describes their picture - but the others can't see it. They have to arrange themselves in order. It was fund.
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on 2 March 2011
I use Zoom as an educational tool. I have seperated the pages and hand one or two of them to my students (English as a foreign language).They then ahve to describe what is on their picture and work out the order that they are meant to be in. Of course I don't tell them the book is called zoom....
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on 24 July 1998
I must disagree with the statement that this book is for children ages 6-8 since much of what Banyai does is well beyond what most children will understand. Banyai's virtual elimination of a fixed frame of reference pulls at the mind in a way that few books aimed at adults do--one simply never is quite sure what is going on. Not only is everything part of something larger (until the end when the earth becomes a period or a hole in the darkness), but there are a few subtle plays on the element of static versus moving and time versus non-time which invite considerable thought.
This book plays on certain postmodern ideas and can be thought of as a very complex exploration of perception and semiosis. These topics are far from typical in "children's literature" and this book will provoke more thought than most popular serious novels will.
Really quite an excellent book!
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