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The Circulatory Story
     

The Circulatory Story

by Mary K. Corcoran
 

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Simple, humorous text and comic illustrations explain the basics of the circulatory system--the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circuits. Readers follow a red blood cell on its journey through the body, and in the process learn how the body combats disease, performs gas exchanges, and fights plaque.

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Simple, humorous text and comic illustrations explain the basics of the circulatory system--the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circuits. Readers follow a red blood cell on its journey through the body, and in the process learn how the body combats disease, performs gas exchanges, and fights plaque.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Corcoran attempts to provide a simple, yet humorous explanation of the circulatory system. Her treatment is cursory and requires that readers imagine themselves as a little green imp traveling onboard a red blood cell floating along in a girl's plasma. The narrative often comes across as confusing and unclear. Sections such as "The Arching Aorta" use words in the illustrations that are not explained in the text or in the extensive glossary ("externa," "media," "intima"). The author uses asides, such as "Did you get a charge out of that?" and "Pee-yew! Your red blood cell just passed gas," that detract from understanding the many complicated words that are presented superficially in the text. On the other hand, the digitally colored line illustrations are interestingly detailed and offer a light touch. The font is large and attractively arranged on colorful backgrounds. This book would best be used as a supplement to such titles as Paul Showers's Hear Your Heart (HarperCollins, 2001).—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Our unnamed narrator, a young girl, is about to take the reader on an adventure inside the body's circulatory system, with the help of a little green imp who hitches a ride on a red blood cell. The trip takes the little green guy completely around the body's circulatory system, explaining the workings of the human heart and lungs and the path that blood takes while traveling through the body. Providing detailed information means this picture book format is carrying a lot of text but the conversational style makes processing the information a bit smoother. Cartoon-like illustrations do a wonderful job of showing the inside of the heart and circulatory system and how blood flows, while adding a whimsical touch to what could be a very boring subject. An extensive glossary is provided as well as suggestions for further reading and websites. A nice choice for elementary libraries that need to supplement their human body collection. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580892094
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
494,819
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

Mary Corcoran writes a science column for kids, which appears in The Redding Pilot. She is the author of THE QUEST TO DIGEST and THE CIRCULATORY STORY. Mary lives in Redding, Connecticut.

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