Body Actions

Body Actions

by Shelley Rotner, David White
     
 

The human body can be astonishing. This book is filled with energy-packed photographs of kids running, jumping,
riding bikes, and using all five senses. The photos are overlaid with depictions of the nervous, skeletal,
muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems and major organs to show the amazing ways in which active bodies function. The five senses and

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Overview

The human body can be astonishing. This book is filled with energy-packed photographs of kids running, jumping,
riding bikes, and using all five senses. The photos are overlaid with depictions of the nervous, skeletal,
muscular, respiratory, and circulatory systems and major organs to show the amazing ways in which active bodies function. The five senses and the major organs are all covered. Glossary, notes on the systems and senses, and an index are included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Short bursts of text combined with exceptional photographs provide a lot of information in this easily digestible picture book. "Every day you do so many things. How does your body do them?" is indeed the central focus of the book. Many of the body's systems and organs are covered, including bones, muscles, digestive tract and respiratory system. For each system or organ a child's photograph is shown with an overlay drawing of that particular system. The overlays are an artist's rendering that fit perfectly inside the photo's subjects, who are frequently in motion. The photographs and overlays are so well done that much of the information is conveyed visually. Textual information is brief—"Each eye has a lens like a camera's that lets in light so you can see"—but clearly written and with a sprinkling of higher level vocabulary. The last few pages feature more in depth textual information on the five senses, your skin and hair and the six body systems presented. A glossary is also provided. This is a great first introduction to body systems and a good addition for all collections. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Ambitious to fault, this title tries to cover too much, which results in a little bit of information about a lot of things. The boy riding a bike on the cover and the title seem to indicate that it will be a book about movement, but it is really a brief overview of the entire human body. The nervous, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems; the five senses; skin, and hair are all touched on. The full-color photographs are lovely; they feature racially diverse children, and some of the photographs include an illustration of the body system superimposed on the child. For example, the boy eating a piece of watermelon has an illustration of his digestive tract over his torso. Overall, though, there is so much going on that too much gets glossed over.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Kirkus Reviews
Bright, clear photographs and design offer an unfussy look at anatomy for very young readers and listeners. Full-color photographs of children accompany a brief text that invites readers to think about how they accomplish everyday activities: "How do you kick a ball, jump rope, blow up a balloon, digest food, read a book, or ride a bike?" Overlay drawings of body systems--skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive--offer a peek inside, and a longer explanation at the end of the book reinforces the information. A diagram of the airways and lungs is superimposed on the photograph of a girl blowing up a balloon, which becomes a cross section of an eye in another photograph. The explanation for each function is very brief, really just providing the location and generalized way that it contributes to the body, but it's enough to be a starting point for more learning and certainly for an appreciation of the complexity right at hand. Brief definitions of the five senses, a longer explanation for the function of skin and hair, and a glossary of 14 body terms and text elaborating on body systems make up the backmatter. Very simple, accessible and appealing as a starting point for human-science learning. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423668
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,419,853
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shelley Rotner brings a depth of experience and knowledge to her books with a diverse background as an elementary school teacher, museum educational specialist and UNICEF photographer. She is an award winning author and photo-illustrator of over twenty books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Shelley Rotner brings a depth of experience and knowledge to her books with a diverse background as an elementary school teacher, museum educational specialist and UNICEF photographer. She is an award winning author and photo-illustrator of over twenty books. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

David A. White is an illustrator, cartoonist, toy creator, and video game artist with a passion for giant robots. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

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