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Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
What do Darth Vader, the Tin Man and Captain Hook all have in common? They are all bionic. Outside of story books and movies, bionic devices are helping about ten percent of Americans to live a better life. This book describes several bionic devices and explains how they are helping individuals. This shows how bionic devices such as artificial hands and legs help those who are missing limbs to walk and function in society. The book also describes bionic devices that most people do not notice, such as a bionic knee or hip, a pacemaker, an insulin pump, bone-anchored hearing aids, and lens implants. The book contains pictures and drawings of the devices and explains the benefits of them, how an individual can use the various devices, and why they work. For some of the items, it even gives a history of how the item was developed. This would be an interesting topic to address in a science class, and this book does an excellent job of explaining everything in terms that are interesting for children.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–6
This solid and readable introduction to the field of bionics is divided into four chapters: "Replacing Parts," "Fixing Malfunctions," "Assisting the Senses," and "Facing the Future." Jango-Cohen uses a number of personal stories and references to pop culture to engage readers. She profiles Lyn Kolsteren, who received a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA). In the first chapter, she highlights Darth Vader and Dr. Octopus from the film Spider-Man 2 as examples of replacing parts. The explanations are clearly written and easily understood. Colorful photographs and illustrations are featured throughout the text and captions appear in colorful bubbles. This is a useful research tool on a topic that is certain to intrigue students.
—Maren OstergardCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822559375
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Cool Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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