Organs!: How They Work, Fall Apart, and Can Be Replaced (Gasp!)

Overview

Inside our bodies are many organs and vessels, all grouped into systems that keep us running. How do they interact? What, exactly, are they made out of? And why is it so important to eat right, exercise, and take care of our bodies? Nancy Winslow Parker uses colorful scientific drawings, surprising facts, and engaging anecdotes to explain the anatomy and function of our vital organs.

Ages 6-9

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Overview

Inside our bodies are many organs and vessels, all grouped into systems that keep us running. How do they interact? What, exactly, are they made out of? And why is it so important to eat right, exercise, and take care of our bodies? Nancy Winslow Parker uses colorful scientific drawings, surprising facts, and engaging anecdotes to explain the anatomy and function of our vital organs.

Ages 6-9

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shelly McCoy
In this book, seven major systems of the body are explored and the anatomy of vital organs is explained with easy-to-understand descriptions and colorful, labeled illustrations. The fact that the author is not a medical expert is perhaps what makes this book easier to understand and relate to. There is a smattering of anecdotes throughout the chapters about a Mom, an animal, or Uncle Wilmer that also connect readers to the content and the importance of these systems in the human body. For instance, the book starts off by using a pipe organ illustration to explain the definition of what a vital organ is. Small fact boxes show up on the pages for a quick look at the obligatory facts. The informal language used for the text is fine, but there is a graphic for the story of Uncle Wilmer that is a bit appalling, (showing a gun and a dog either biting his leg or worse) since he works as a policeman in NYC. This book would be useful for a grade that does not have a dedicated health class as a basic introduction to anatomy and the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and other systems. Reviewer: Shelly McCoy
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Presenting perspectives from the past, present, and future, Parker offers an innovative and amusing look at the study of the body's organs. Although she writes simply, in conversational language, the author mentions serious aspects of our organs and gives readers insightful information that will inspire them to investigate the topic further. Many books like these get bogged down with medical terms and are too complicated for the intended audience. This one, however, gives clear explanations and historical sidebars and snippets of information throughout. The cycle of major organs is refreshingly described and is accompanied by vibrant and adequately detailed diagrams, all of which will keep readers engaged. While providing good content suitable for student research, the author's point of view is clear—know how your body works. Good organization of text and illustrations result in a book that will have broad appeal.—Valerie Scott-Dixon, Sherwood Forest Media Center, Norfolk, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688151058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 708,422
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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