The Human Body

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One hundred trillion cells, more than 600 muscles, and over 200 bones—these are parts of the twelve major systems that make up the human body. Technological developments have given us a detailed glimpse within our bodies and led to a greater understanding of how we function. Starting with the integumentary system (that's your skin, nails, and hair) and finishing with the reproductive system, the human body covers everything about you—from the outside to the inside. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon has ...

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Overview

One hundred trillion cells, more than 600 muscles, and over 200 bones—these are parts of the twelve major systems that make up the human body. Technological developments have given us a detailed glimpse within our bodies and led to a greater understanding of how we function. Starting with the integumentary system (that's your skin, nails, and hair) and finishing with the reproductive system, the human body covers everything about you—from the outside to the inside. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution on this new book about the greatest wonder of the world: the human body.

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Editorial Reviews

McGanney Abby Nolan
Featuring such wonders as a full-page cross section of human skin (looking a little like a kitchen sponge that's outlived its usefulness), Seymour Simon's explanation of our bodily systems is another compelling marriage of images and facts.
—The Washington Post
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Two power houses in the diffusion of scientific knowledge, author Simon and the Smithsonian Institution, join together to create an outstanding book that fosters an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the component parts of the human body. This brief work packs in astonishing amounts of data as it covers the twelve major systems and each of the five senses through two-page spreads of text and illustrations. The text is very informative and filled with extremely accurate tidbits of practical information as well as many other little-known facts, analogies, and things that are just fun to know. The illustrations composed of colored X-rays and MRI scans, microscopic images, medical illustrations, and computer-generated artwork are the crowning glory of this work. Each one is remarkably bold, colorful, powerful, and detailed. They take the reader up close and personal to interior and exterior views of the human body's systems, creating a unique visual experience that is informative and emotional. A complete listing in the back of the book identifies each image and how it was captured. The perfect combination of matter-of-fact text and outstanding illustrations make this book a superior addition to any collection where it is sure to be a jumping off point for many readers in their continued discovery and exploration of the human body. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

Simon has been cruising through the human body for a number of years, and here he pulls all the pieces together and adds a bit to the mix as he presents a cool look at the human interior. Lavishly illustrated with large computer-colored X-rays, MRI scans, computer artwork, and diagrams, the book is an eye-catcher. The text is clear and informative. While human reproduction is mentioned, as is fetal development, the photos provided depict a colored SEM micrograph of a human egg and sperm, a close-up SEM micrograph of a sperm fertilizing an egg, and a six-week-old human fetus floating in amniotic fluid. Simpler than Richard Walker's ever-so-detailed Encyclopedia of the Human Body (DK, 2002) and a nice introduction to Simon's earlier, more specific works, this book is handsome and informative.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
The latest in Simon's seemingly endless series of nonfiction books published in conjunction with the Smithsonian, this one fares better than most, perhaps because the subject matter is large and fascinating. The work covers the 12 major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, etc.), devoting a few pages to each. Rounding out the volume, the author briefly covers genetics, the five senses and human growth and development. The pictures-most of them scanning electron microscope images or X-rays of actual body parts-are brilliant, but lack accompanying captions, which make them hard to understand (explanations of the images appear after the index). A clear sense of organization, some subheadings and fewer "gee-whiz" graphics would improve the book, but for an overview it isn't bad. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616813208
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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