Kate Larkin: The Bone Expert

Kate Larkin: The Bone Expert

by Lindsey Tate, Diane Palmisciano
     
 

The adventurous and curious Kate Larkin hasn’t given much thought to her bones before—until she breaks one. For Kate, this accident marks the start of a fascinating exploration into the world of science. From X-rays at the hospital to her first days getting used to wearing a cast, Kate recounts the ups and downs of having a broken bone.Her road to

Overview

The adventurous and curious Kate Larkin hasn’t given much thought to her bones before—until she breaks one. For Kate, this accident marks the start of a fascinating exploration into the world of science. From X-rays at the hospital to her first days getting used to wearing a cast, Kate recounts the ups and downs of having a broken bone.Her road to recovery is full of interesting people and information, and before long, Kate is riding her bike again, good as new!

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From the Publisher
"Children are always interested in accidents and broken bones and will respond to this straightforward tale." — Kirkus
Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
Kids are no strangers to injury, but do they really know what happens when a person breaks a bone? In this book, eight-year-old Kate Larkin falls and breaks her arm while spending the summer with her grandparents. Readers will learn how Kate emotionally deals with the broken bone, as well as what is physically happening inside Kate's arm as the bone break is diagnosed and eventually heals. Kate's experience with her own broken bone brings to life the intricacies of the human bone structure and tells what it takes on the inside and outside to heal a broken bone. Young readers will enjoy Kate's narrative of the accident that ended her summer of swimming, biking, and tree house climbing and how Kate endured a long six weeks wearing a cast. Palmisciano's amusing, personality infused illustrations add to the action of the text and help the reader to understand Kate's predicament. The fictional story is told in narrative form, but intertwines scientific fact into the story in an appealing way. This book could be used in conjunction with a science unit about bones, health, or the human body. It would also be a good choice for a reader who has experience with broken bones, illness, or frequent doctor visits. A section at the end of the book includes experiments and activities that complement the story. Tate disarms the terrors associated with visiting doctors, hospitals, and following doctor's orders by revealing the science behind them and through finding "approved" engaging activities for her heroine's outdoor and indoor play. Reviewer: Katie DeWald
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- This early chapter book tells how Kate Larkin broke her arm last summer, how she healed, and what she learned. The narrative and facts about bones are successfully melded. Though the protagonist does not have the presence of Judy Moody or Junie B. Jones, her voice is believable as an eight-year-old who is passionate about a topic. The format is appealing: large type, short chapters, and black-and-white illustrations generously dispersed throughout. A few quick experiments are appended. This is a solid choice for newly independent readers or for science-minded children looking for some fiction.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Eight-year-old Kate Larkin becomes a bone expert when she breaks her humerus, "the bone between the elbow and shoulder," as she explains. Partly a first-time-I-broke-a-bone book and partly an orthopedic textbook for the sneakers set, this offering for new readers walks them through the break, the hospital experience, the cast and the recovery. Kate's first-person narration is mature and intelligent, if a tad too easy with scientific details that seem to come straight from a pamphlet in a pediatrician's office. Black-and-white sketches and diagrams grace every spread and help keep the book grounded in the story of the broken bone. Kate's face looks appropriately worried, in pain or comforted, even when the prose seems a bit clinical for an eight-year-old. Children are always interested in accidents and broken bones and will respond to this straightforward tale of how Kate spent her summer holiday. (glossary, related activities) (Fiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805079012
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

LINDSEY TATE is the author of Teatime with Emma Buttersnap. Originally from England, Lindsey lives with her family in New York City.

DIANE PALMISCIANO is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Dollhouse Magic. She lives in Rhode Island.

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