Many kids are intrigued by their sense of touch and wonder how this amazing sense really works. This informative book uses a fun mix of artwork, facts and hands-on activities to introduce readers to different aspects of this fascinating sense. The author discusses the importance of touch and describes how this sense informs people about the world, warns them about danger, helps them connect with their friends and family, and allows them to feel different sensations such as pleasure and pain. Some of the quirky activities invite youngsters to test their skin's sensitivity levels, trick their sense of touch by sending mixed messages to the brain, and check their endurance for pain by sticking their tongues in a drinking glass filled with soda. Colorful, eye-catching layouts with humorous cartoon illustrations and clever collages perfectly complement the lively, well-written text. This wonderful volume not only teaches important concepts, but it also contains a variety of challenging tricks that readers can in turn share with their friends. Kids will enjoy this delightful and educational resource. 2001, The Millbrook Press, . Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
Gr 3-4-A look at over a dozen ways to explore this sense. Readers learn how long it takes for a message to reach their brain, how to measure their sense of pressure, and about feelings such as pain and tickling. The experiments are simple to carry out and include little or no equipment. The illustrations include photographed heads superimposed on drawings and simple cartoons with dialogue balloons. Add this book to Cobb's Your Tongue Can Tell and Follow Your Nose (both Millbrook, 2000) for a well-rounded trio of titles on the senses.-Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.