Animal Eyes

How Creatures See and How Their Eyes Have Adapted to Their World

By (author) Françoise Vulpé
Categories: Children’s / Teenage general interest: Nature, animals, the natural world, Children’s / Teenage: General interest, Children’s, Teenage and Educational
Publisher: Firefly Books
Paperback : 9780228104131, 72 pages, August 2023
Hardcover : 9780228104216, 72 pages, August 2023


Winner of the 2024 Yellow Cedar Award

Imagine being able to see in ultraviolet wavelengths, or locating your next meal in near darkness, or being able to rotate your eyes independently so you can see nearly everything around you without moving your head. These are just a few examples of the incredible adaptations animals' eyes have made to help them survive and thrive in their habitats.

Animal Eyes introduces young readers to the wonderful, wide-ranging and sometimes downright weird eyes that make up the animal kingdom. The book starts with a crash course in how eyes and vision work -- covering everything from the biology of eyes to the physics of light to the features that protect eyes and keep them clean. Following this is a survey of 40 of the world's most interesting animal eyes, replete with gorgeous full-bleed and inset photos and detailed captions.

Here are just some of the animals covered:

  • The bald eagle sees four to five times better than humans; in fact it can see small prey as far as 2 miles away.
  • Bees can see ultraviolet bull's-eye patterns on flower petals, directing them to specific flowers.
  • Domestic cats have strong low-light vision, which allows them to hunt in the dark. A special feature called a tapetum lucidum is a reflective layer under their retinas. This gives cats and other animals that distinct eye glow.
  • Peacock mantis shrimp are said to have the best vision in the world. Their compound eyes rotate independently in all directions on the end of stalks. Their eyes are unlike any other animal's: they can detect ultraviolet light, infrared light and have 16 photoreceptors. They can also see polarized light.

Animal Eyes is sure to enthrall and inspire the next generation of young naturalists with its informative text and beautiful photos.


A marvelous, fact-filled journey into the world of eyes and vision that has developed across many forms of animal life. The content will inspire budding zoologists and naturalists while also exploring human vision and the physics of light... Highly recommended.

- Val Ken Lem

Animal Eyes is an educational and fascinating look at the eyesight of numerous incredible species and will appeal to those interested in nature and/or animals. It would also make a good resource for teachers to share with their students.

- Glenn Perrett