Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinPreschool and primary-graders have the first-rate "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" titles to turn to for information about their physiological selves. Among them are Paul Showers' Look At Your Eyes, Ears Are For Hearing and Your Skin And Mine. The latter looks at the wonders of this major body organ-pigment, fingerprints, and the sense of touch as well as what constitutes skin, and it is all fascinating reading. 1991 (orig.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-- New illustrations and some careful text revision have given this 1965 basic introduction to the skin and its functions a much needed update. From the cover, which now features several children frolicking in the water rather than a rear view of three shirtless boys, to the highly appealing page layouts, this book proves far superior to its predecessor. A token girl has been added to the cast of main characters, although she is still outnumbered, three to one. The four take turns presenting different aspects of the skin, such as pigment and melanin, cuts and healing, fingerprints, and the sense of touch. Ink-and-watercolor illustrations are lively and vibrant, in direct contrast to the former black, white, and gold drawings. Changes in the text are minimal. More significant is the way in which it has been rearranged. Passages have been moved, regrouped, and elaborated upon, improving the flow of the story line. Page setup has gone from lines of sentences to paragraphs, resulting in a more readable style. The book should be given strong consideration as either a new or replacement copy.-- Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
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