Why is it important tochew your food?
Can you guess how long it takes for food to travel through your body?
Could you possibly have twenty feet of small intestines?
Where does that bad-smelling gas come from?
Your digestive system is out of sight and out of mind until things don't go right. Then you may wonder how these important organs work!
You'll find the answers in Seymour Simon's smooth, well-organized, and fascinating introduction to the digestive system. He explains how it works twenty-four hours a day, turning pizza, sandwiches, milk, and other food into energy and nutrients and waste. Striking photographs on every spread show how major organs including the stomach and intestines move food through your body, and how, eventually, waste is eliminated.
Guts takes the mystery out of something that happens to everyone, every day, while at the same time sharing a sense of wonder about the human body.
About the Author
Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Simon, S. (2005). Guts: our digestive system. New York, NY: HarperCollins.Grades 4 through 6Guts explains for the digestive system works. From the moment food gets chewed by teeth in the mouth to the moment it leaves as the unpleasant brown mass called feces, the book offers children a close look at one of the most important systems in the human body. There is a lot of text here, and the terminology can trip some readers, so it may take time from children to get through the book, but the effort will be well worth it. The illustrations will amaze readers¿they are colorful, one-page images from colored X rays, computer-generated pictures, and microscopic photos enlarged to dazzle the audience. Each picture has a caption that clearly describes what is being seen. Seymour Simon is well known for his work that makes Science accessible to children and has received the Washington Post-Children¿s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction. Here, he offers the audience accurate and reliable information about a touchy subject¿the guts¿in a light-hearted and sometimes humorous way. Children will be fascinated¿and a little grossed out¿by the process through which the body digests food. Information is organized to follow the path of food as it travels through the digestive system, but Simon adds information here and there whenever a connection is possible. Science teachers will welcome this title in the classroom, but this book should not be restricted to the Science classroom. This is a great title to spark children¿s curiosity, and parents and older siblings will also learn a lot with Guts.
Informative book on the way that our digestive system works with great visuals and explanation. I¿ve read books by this author when I was in grade school, and I definitely see the value for those in grades 4-9th as a starting point for research for presentations on the human body.