Guts: Our Digestive System

Guts: Our Digestive System

by Seymour Simon
     
 

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Why is it important tochew your food?

Can you guess how long it takes for food to travel through your body?

Could you possibly have twenty feet of small intestines?

Where does that bad-smelling gas come from?

Your digestive system is out of sight and out of mind — until things don't go right. Then you may wonder how these important organs

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Overview

Why is it important tochew your food?

Can you guess how long it takes for food to travel through your body?

Could you possibly have twenty feet of small intestines?

Where does that bad-smelling gas come from?

Your digestive system is out of sight and out of mind — until things don't go right. Then you may wonder how these important organs work!

You'll find the answers in Seymour Simon's smooth, well-organized, and fascinating introduction to the digestive system. He explains how it works twenty-four hours a day, turning pizza, sandwiches, milk, and other food into energy and nutrients and waste. Striking photographs on every spread show how major organs including the stomach and intestines move food through your body, and how, eventually, waste is eliminated.

Guts takes the mystery out of something that happens to everyone, every day, while at the same time sharing a sense of wonder about the human body.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Just 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Simon's specialty of drawing in readers through large, detailed, breathtaking photos and then entertaining them with facts is again in evidence. Beginning with the teeth, esophagus, and stomach, the information then winds its way through the small and large intestines, with the importance of the pancreas and liver included. The text is enhanced with detailed colored X rays, computer-generated pictures, and microscopic photos. The material is detailed, with terminology that may be difficult for children with no background, but not sophisticated enough to need a medical degree for interpretation. Students will find the book fascinating as well as a bit gross. Writers of health-related reports, as well as casual browsers, will surely put this title to use.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Guts has a lot going for it. In addition to its charmingly pithy title, it's decorated with any number of computer-enhanced Technicolor photographs of innards and bears the predominantly white-on-black design that is Simon's trademark. It's also written in standard Simon prose: By now, the author has perfected the art of boiling down the complexities of science into a simple, declarative sequence that, in this case, leads readers from the mouth to the anus. Along the way, they will learn of the dizzying variety of glands and goos that go into the digestive process, as well as the many organs from the epiglottis to the appendix. While the text would almost certainly have been improved by a pronunciation guide (how many child readers will know exactly what to do with "chyme"?) and would definitely have been improved by a bibliography or list of added resources, it does its job as efficiently as its subject does. Simon's books remain blessedly free of distracting sidebars and other trendy bells and whistles, and that simplicity in itself may be one of the keys to his enduring success. (Nonfiction. 5-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060546519
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
625,516
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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