Children's Literature - Phyllis KennemerTen chapters, each consisting of a two-page spread, provide basic information about staying healthy. The introductory chapter recommends eating healthy foods, staying clean, exercising, and getting enough rest. Subsequent chapters expand on eating well; keeping fit; protecting the heart and lungs; maintaining healthy skin, bones and muscles; checking eyes and ears; taking care of teeth; keeping clean; and ways to maintain health. This section recommends getting injections to avoid specific diseases. Questions and answers in "Talking Point" boxes offer opportunities for discussions of each of the topics. Some of the important words appear in Word Wizard ovals with their definitions. Also includes a glossary and an index. The overall theme of the book stresses the importance of keeping the body healthy through exercising, breathing clean air, and eating good foods. Adults interacting with young children find may this book useful. Part of the "Now We Know About �" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3–Just as this series offers a wide array of subjects, each book covers a broad range of topics. Visually, the effect is almost equal to looking at a series of fact cards arranged on the pages. Our Bodies, for example, provides a few short paragraphs each about nutrition, getting adequate sleep, keeping fit, anatomy, and staying clean. While this structure makes for quick reads, and the tables of contents will direct budding researchers to the information, there is little cohesion between the facts. Moreover, the advice-laden language is instructive, but not always explanatory–for example, Good Manners suggests sending thank-you notes, but gives no advice about how to word them. Also, there are no introductions or conclusions to tie everything together, which might make it hard for readers to see the bigger picture.
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