The Muscular System

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Simple text and photographs introduce the muscular system and its purpose, parts, and functions.

Simple text, photographs, and diagrams introduce the muscular system and its purpose, parts, and functions.

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Overview

Simple text and photographs introduce the muscular system and its purpose, parts, and functions.

Simple text, photographs, and diagrams introduce the muscular system and its purpose, parts, and functions.

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Children's Literature - Judy Podlesney
A colorful photo of children doing pushups introduces the reader to the body system that helps us move. The muscles that allow us to do push-ups, throw a ball, and swing a bat are skeletal or voluntary muscles that attach to bone to let us direct our actions. Tendons attach muscle to bone and we can feel them as large cords in the back of our knee. Of the 650 muscles in the body, some are large like leg muscles, and some small like those of the hand and face. When throwing a ball, the biceps and triceps work in pairs, the biceps pulling the arm up and the triceps bringing it down. Make a fist, bend your arm, and you can see the biceps bulge. Involuntary, or smooth muscles, are in organs and keep blood flowing and food digesting, while cardiac muscle keeps the heart beating nonstop. Nerves send messages to muscles to control movements, from picking a tomato to signaling our heart to beat. Exercise can help build strong muscles and stretching keeps them flexible, but too much exercise or stretching can cause sore muscles, strains, or sprains. Each topic is explained on one page in easy-to-read print with a colorful photo or drawing on the page opposite. Significant words are highlighted and explained in a glossary. A few references are given for further study. The book is one of the "Bridgestone Books Human Body Systems" series. It is an excellent introduction to body functions for early readers.
Children's Literature
Each entry in the "Human Body Systems" series provides rudimentary, declarative sentences about the purpose, anatomical parts and functions of a body system. Illustrations feature a multicultural variety of faces and look modern but posed. While the series is aimed at a young reader, it would be useful for older less-able readers but the information is straightforward, basic and so dry that it would be unlikely to compel any but the most desperate fifth grade report-writer's attention. Diagrams show the system in a see-through human body with minimal labels; in this case, "contract" and "relax" are the only labels to show how an arm muscle works. Teachers may need to encourage discussion to round out the presentation of each system. Endmatter includes an index, a glossary and a workaday bibliography, plus suggested web sites. 2001, Pebble Books/Capstone Press, $13.25. Ages 7 to 9. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Large type and full-page color illustrations accompany short, simple texts that introduce and explain the different body systems. These slim titles are designed to support national science standards and the texts introduce subject-specific words that are defined in the glossaries. Illustrations feature photographs of ethnically diverse smiling children, and all except Muscular contain a few uncluttered diagrams with boxed legends or labels that will assist youngsters in grasping the concepts and identifying the parts of the system under consideration. Each volume is small enough for little hands to hold. Although these utilitarian, unimaginative books lack the visual appeal of such volumes as Seymour Simon's Muscles (Morrow, 1998), they may be helpful to newly independent readers ready to move beyond the science "Rookie Reader" series (Children's).-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736887786
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Human Body Systems Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 710,318
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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