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While you're awake...while you're asleep...your heart is always beating. You can listen to your heart. You can feel it beat. But just how does your heart work? New York Times journalist Paul Showers and popular illustrator Holly Keller introduce readers to human anatomy in this clear and accessible look at the circulatory system. A page of activities and further resources gives young biologists more information on keeping their hearts healthy and strong.

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While you're awake...while you're asleep...your heart is always beating. You can listen to your heart. You can feel it beat. But just how does your heart work? New York Times journalist Paul Showers and popular illustrator Holly Keller introduce readers to human anatomy in this clear and accessible look at the circulatory system. A page of activities and further resources gives young biologists more information on keeping their hearts healthy and strong.

About the Author:
New York Times journalist Paul Showers is the author of The Listening Walk, as well as A Drop of Blood and many other nonfiction titles for children.

Holly Keller is the illustrator of , and Sounds All Around, as well as the Geraldine books. She lives in West Redding, CT.

A simple explanation of the structure of the heart and how it works.

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It takes only a cardboard tube to fashion an effective stethoscope. With this simple tool children are introduced to the wonders of the human body's strongest organ. Listening to others' heartbeats opens the door to understanding what the heart is, what it looks like, how it functions and the role it plays in human biology. Using different hands-on exercises, the author demonstrates that every heart is as unique as each individual. An adult heart beats at a slower rate than an infant heart. During the course of the day, an individual's heartbeat varies. Fast or slow, day or night, the heart is always on duty. Readers of all ages will appreciate the charming drawings of multicultural children checking pulses, using stethoscopes and measuring heartbeats after exercise. Younger children may have difficulty understanding the drawings detailing the heart and its function. Backmatter includes extended exercises for healthy hearts and a web site for further information. This is a Stage 2 book in the HarperTrophy "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" series. 2001 (orig. 1968), HarperCollins, , . Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Stephanie Farrow
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Gr 1-3-A revision of a 1968 book. Keller's illustrations and Showers's text complement one another well, and will give young readers a good introduction to how the heart works. Three simple activities (measuring heart rate, exercising the heart, and making a stethoscope) are easy but effective ways to augment the text. The writing is succinct and clear. The simple line illustrations include a minimum of detail yet they reflect the action and convey different emotions effectively. The illustrations of the structure of the heart are well done, resulting in a good overview for beginning readers.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060254117
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 33
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Showers wrote twenty books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, including favorites such as What Happens to a Hamburger? and Where Does the Garbage Go? Mr. Showers worked on the Detroit Free Press, the New York Herald Tribune, and for thirty years, the Sunday New York Times.

Holly Keller is the creator of many popular books for children, including the Horace books, Farfallina & Marcel, and Help! In applauding her work, School Library Journal noted that she is "an author/artist who truly understands children." Holly Keller lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

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    Another amazing title!!

    Amazing pictures, very informative. My 7 y/o was engaged and engrossed in the book completely. Loved it!!

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