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The Muscular System

The Muscular System

by Susan Heinrichs Gray, Susan H. Gray

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Children's Literature
This entry in "The Human Body" six-volume series opens with a reader-friendly realistic anecdote. In this case, it's a boy's bodily reactions after he lifts a cement block when taunted by his friends because he's skinny and seemingly has no muscles. The next four chapters are devoted to defining the particular system, telling what happens inside the system or parts of the system. There are chapters devoted to parts of muscles, movement, and contraction of muscles. The last chapter summarizes and adds further difficulties or health considerations, a feature echoed in the back matter in a section of additional information, "Did You Know?" Also included are a modest glossary, four or five questions and answers, and other sources for information such as books (both trade and reference work), websites verified by the publisher, and several addresses of national organizations. The illustrations are a mix of diagrams, photographs with multi-racial and cultural balance, and medical photographs (X-rays, MRIs, organs, skeletons, etc.) The information is concise, vocabulary is defined in context, and then is used within the text several times, and captions provide further information. It is a perfect series to accompany the human biology studies in middle school, and a good bet for elementary age readers who are curious enough to ponder and absorb the necessary terms used to discuss body systems. Each volume includes an aside anecdote that teachers might read aloud to interest readers in the information. In this volume, the anecdotes are discussions of tetanus and of ancient discoveries concerning muscles. This is fascinating science on a topic that fascinates us all—how do our bodies work?2004, The Child's World, Ages 9 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

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Child's World, Incorporated, The
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Body Systems Series
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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