What We See and Don’t See (Second Edition)

What We See and Don’t See

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By Robert Guarino
Illustrated by Jeff Jackson
Foreword by Robert Ornstein, Ph.D.
Ages: 12–18+

ISBN 978-1-953292-35-3 (paperback) $18.95, 204 pages
ISBN 978-953292-36-0 (ePub) $8.95
ISBN 978-953292-37-7 (Kindle) $8.95

The fourth book in Hoopoe’s “All About Me” series, What We See and Don’t See explores what science and research show about how we perceive our world.  Readers will learn how the brain makes sense of what’s around us, and how it simplifies and organizes information – how we see what we see and, sometimes, don’t see what’s obviously in front of us.

In a clear and accessible style, author Robert Guarino explains how our five senses can be “extended” and our perception enhanced. He explores how there’s more to perception than what meets the eye (or ear, or nose, or …) – and how our culture can influence the way we experience our surroundings.

Artist Jeff Jackson has illustrated What We See and Don’t See with an engaging cast of characters who act out and embody the concepts presented, helping young readers to become more aware of how they perceive the world and to understand why they see some things and not others. With this knowledge, they can take control of how they behave and of the decisions they make.

Readers of What We See and Don’t See will discover what scientists and researchers know about perception, and will also explore profound questions that are yet to be answered. Illustrative real-life quotes and examples, as well as simple and fun activities that help young people relate to the concepts presented, make the book come alive. Also included are suggested activities for teachers to use in the classroom.

What We See and Don’t See can be used to supplement a high-school psychology course, or as a standalone unit in grades 8 through 12. This new edition has been revised to incorporate the latest research findings and meet the American Psychological Association’s National Standards for Psychology at the high-school level, the College Board AP Psychology standards and the National Board Standards for Science/Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

“Is perception reality, or is there more to our sights than we know? What We See And Don’t See is an exploration of the senses and our world, as Robert Guarino teams with illustrator Jeff Jackson to bring young readers into a fun ride through their senses and what they see and hear out of their lives, humoring them with activities to help them explore their senses and go beyond what they can and cannot do. Uplifting and highly educational, What We See And Don’t See is a must for teen psychology and self-help collections, not to be missed.”
—Midwest Book Review, “Children’s Bookwatch”

“Four new and updated editions to the outstanding ‘All About Me’ series from Hoope Books are exceptionally relevant and recommended for teens and young adults. … All four of these informative and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ titles comprising the ‘All About Me’ series are especially and unreservedly recommended for middle school, high school, and community library collections for young readers.” Midwest Book Review 


Color Plates
Download the printable color plates for this book: WhatWeSeeAndDontSee_color plates.pdf
Education Standards
APA Standards

APA National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula for What We See And Don’t See

California School Health Standards

California Middle School and High School Health Standards for What We See And Don’t See

Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science Standards for What We See and Don’t See 

California School Life Science Standards

California State High School Life Science Standards for What We See And Don’t See 

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Health for What We See And Don’t See

Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science Standards for What We See and Don’t See 


Grades 6–12  Hoopoe titles have been correlated with the The Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for English Language Learners (PRIME) through the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) tool ( Click here for a copy of the report.

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