What's Inside My Body?

What's Inside My Body?

by Lisa McCourt, Lisa M. Bernstein
     
 
The first title in the new Brain Builders series, What's Inside My Body? Provides all the facts kids really want to know about their own mysterious and fascinating bodies.

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The first title in the new Brain Builders series, What's Inside My Body? Provides all the facts kids really want to know about their own mysterious and fascinating bodies.

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This large format paperback offers introductions to many parts of the body and their functions. Simple watercolor illustrations, many featuring young readers, complement the accessible text. A "neat" tour of the body features: the brain and nervous system, the senses, bones, muscles and joints, the circulatory system, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, teeth, digestion, hair and nails. The final sections include: yawns and hiccups, laughter and tears, the reproductive system, hormones and growing up. An index is included. Part of the "Brain Builders" series. 2000, Lowell House, $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: M. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
This eye-catching tour of the body systems will stand out on the shelf, but read carefully to be sure it is the right book for you. Natural, color illustrations of children in action and body parts at work complement a lively, kid-friendly text. The artwork alone will draw children into learning how the parts of the skin look or how light projects onto the retina. Technical words are italicized and defined in the text, however, there is no glossary. Most of the text is accurate and simple, for example, the definition of the autonomic nervous system, "the part that tells your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your guts to digest food." But here is the catch¾an abundant use of the words pee-pee, poop, boogers, snot, puking and the like. More problematic is one example that sensationalizes a slender bit of truth to grab interest¾saliva contains tiny bits of urine, say the authors¾and "try telling your friends that they have pee-pee in their mouths." The truth is, saliva, like some other body fluids, contains small amounts (hundreds of times less than urine) of the waste products urea, uric acid and creatine. This misrepresentation of the facts might cause some strange reactions in young minds. Other errors include a statement that the adrenal glands are in the pancreas (they are not), and there is a poor definition of bile. There is an index. With a little clean-up, this attractive book might appeal to a wider audience of parents and teachers. 2000, Roxbury Park/Lowell House, $7.95. Ages 8 to 11. Reviewer: Elaine Wick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780737304633
Publisher:
Lowell House Juvenile
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Brain Builders Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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