101 Questions about Muscles: To Stretch Your Mind and Flex Your Brain

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

For readers curious about the anatomy of muscles and movement, this book is packed with interesting explanations about the body. Organized by chapters that move from the basics, including terms and definitions, to specific muscles and diseases, and to a final chapter addressing fun, quirky questions, the book also highlights interesting "features" after every chapter, including "The Straight Scoop on Steroids." Brynie frames her informative chapters with a brief anecdote and a call to action. She introduces Jan Swammerdam, a seventeenth-century physician who uncovered truths of the human body. At the time, it was believed that "animal spirits" caused active muscles to increase in volume, but Swammerdam challenged this belief. Through his scientific studies of insects and humans, he proved that muscles function as a result of their own internal machinery. In her conclusion, Brynie encourages readers to remember Swammerdam, and to challenge old ideas in the same way. This questioning process advances scientific discoveries and allows humankind to learn new things about the body. Although the accompanying illustrations are a bit lackluster, this book should enjoy popularity with readers interested in science or sports. The tone provides for straightforward reading, while the scientific terminology is explained in depth and is also accompanied by a useful glossary. The information offered ranges from the scientifically interesting--How do muscles develop before birth?---to the downright weird--The mantis shrimp is the fastest puncher in the animal world--and is sure to keep readers engaged. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- Chock-full of interesting facts, this book answers 101 questions with concise, factual statements that explain the characteristics, functions, and growth of muscles. Small black-and-white photos, charts, and diagrams appear throughout, but there is no full-body diagram. Copious endnotes model responsible research practice. Although divided into chapters, the question-and-answer format does not lend itself to report writing. However, the index helps students find specific information. An interesting book on a topic about which adolescents, especially for aspiring athletes.-Robin Henry, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822563808
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: One Hundred One Questions... Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     7
23 Questions: That Should Come First     11
Feature: Muscling around the Animal Kingdom     40
17 Questions: About Specific Muscles     44
Feature: Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France     65
13 Questions: About Muscles and Exercise     69
Feature: The Straight Scoop on Steroids     84
24 Questions: About Injuries and Diseases     88
Feature: A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist     116
24 Questions: You've Always Wondered About     120
Feature: Muscles in Space     143
In Closing: More Questions Than Answers     148
Glossary     150
Selected Bibliography     155
For Further Information     156
Notes     161
Index     172
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