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Children's LiteratureJust as a car uses gasoline, motor oil and other fluids, our bodies need water and food to operate. Generally, we put these things in our bodies and then forget about them. An amazing process is really just beginning with each bit of food, one that is examined in detail in this highly-educational and interesting book about the digestive system. So many questions posed by children are answered in a straightforward manner. For example, how is it that the hydrochloric acid, which is a gastric juice the helps to soften food, does not eat away the walls of our stomachs? The answer is that the stomach is lined with a coating of protective mucus that is replaced every three or four days. Each spread contains one page of text and one full page of photographs or illustrations, actual shots of the surface of the inside of a stomach, the esophagus covered in mucus and colored X-rays body parts such as the colon and the coiled-up loops of the small intestine. These representations are definitely for the science minded and not the fainthearted. The author has written more than 200 science books, many of which are award winning publications. Highly recommended. 2005, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 8 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan