The Bones You Own: A Book about the Human Bodyby Becky Baines
Why does a baby have about 350 bones, but his mom just over 200? Why are my bones hiddennot like a skeleton’s? And why does Mom say milk is good for my bones?
Children's Literature - Leslie RoundsLively pages abound with sharp color photographs of children and human bones and include very brief informational text. Each double-page spread has a different color background, and some of the pages feature simple chalkboard-like drawings, as well. For example, a photograph of a brain is surrounded by a drawing of a football helmet with a round object bouncing off it, "Bonk!" to illustrate that, "Your skull is like a helmet for your brain." Some of the text might be a bit confusing, especially for the very young intended audience. It mentions that bones "are in your head, and ears…" Many young children may not understand that their ear bones are not in the external ear. The book concludes with a series of questions framed by oval shapes, which closely resemble the eggs used for this purpose in a related book on eggs. One of these states, "You have 400 joints that help you bend. Can you bend them all?" The number of joints that can be counted in the human body is dependent on how broadly the term "joint" is defined, but most sources report a number that is much lower. This effort may be a useful addition to collections that need science related books for very young listeners, but is not an essential purchase. Reviewer: Leslie Rounds
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