The Quest to Digest

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Humorous text and illustrations follow an apple's journey through the human digestive system. Discover why mucus is so important to your body and how food particles are absorbed by the small intestine and turned into energy. Readers also learn why we burp, vomit, and pass gas.

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Overview

Humorous text and illustrations follow an apple's journey through the human digestive system. Discover why mucus is so important to your body and how food particles are absorbed by the small intestine and turned into energy. Readers also learn why we burp, vomit, and pass gas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The full process of digesting a bite of an apple is described in excruciating detail. A small enzyme character wearing a striped tie and tennis shoes accompanies the apple piece (called a bolus) throughout the entire process. The journey begins with descriptions of the functions of the mouth, the teeth, the tongue, and saliva. The bolus then continues through the pharynx by waves of muscle contractions called peristalsis and into the stomach where it is changed to chyme. The digestion process is completed in the small intestine, a coiled tube about twenty feet long. Other body organs that assist in digesting are the pancreas, the liver, and the gall bladder. The transformation of food into energy and the elimination of waste from the body are also discussed. Various body ailments such as belching, upset stomach, and vomiting are interspersed within the text. Full-color, cartoonlike illustrations provide graphic details. A glossary is helpful for understanding the many unfamiliar terms. The bibliography includes books and web sites.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This graphically appealing, colorful, and fact-rich "story" describes the importance of food to the body by following an apple as it goes through the human digestion system. While there is no index, it is fairly easy to find information on each stage of digestion, from eating, saliva production, and movement through the esophagus, stomach, and intestines to the happy ending. Abundant, humorous cartoons and clever text handle explanations of belching, passing gas, and diarrhea. This picture book would be useful for reports, but it's more for general interest.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570916656
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 703,595
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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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