Like others in the "Fact Finders" series, this small book packs a great deal in it. I did not know that the word for muscle comes from the Latin word for mouse, which is what some scientist thought it resembled when muscles were named. I can see a young reader flexing muscles to make this "mouse." The smallest muscle in your body is in your ear and is about the size of this dash (-). Involuntary muscles are also described. The bladder is a storage involuntary muscle that can hold four cups of urine. This book (and series) is a great tool for early students learning to make science reports and learning how to read science texts. These books make great resources in the classroom. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–With high-interest fact boxes and headings such as “Bones: Living Armor” (Head) or “The Growler” (Organs), a kid-friendly presentation prevails in these books. Content includes the location, function, and healthy maintenance of the body parts. Head gives a systems overview that includes the brain; Organs skips the brain as well as location information for some of the organs mentioned. The vivid scientific photographs (some apparently from “Body Works” exhibits) and micrographs (which lack magnification information) are a plus for this series. On-page definitions, current further-reading lists, and a webliography maintained at the publisher’s FactHound Web site all add value. Additional.
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Jodi Wheeler-Toppen is a former science teacher with a PhD in science education. She has been fascinated by insects for years, and even raised dung beetles in her classroom! Jodi is the author of a number of science books for children and teachers. Her activity book Science Experiments that Explode and Implode was a Junior Library Guild Selection in 2011. Jodi lives in Atlanta with her family.