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Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Body, edited by Charlie Gardner. DK, Tourmaline Editions. 2011. $13.99 ages 4 and up

"Our bodies are fascinating pieces of machinery. We hope this body book will encourage children to ask questions about how their bodies work, on the inside and the outside."

And here's the second one in the series, this time with plenty of information about the body. Safety is a concern, as it should be in all great books which offer experiments for little ones.

First, little kids want to know what is inside. Begin with a life-size piece of paper and a friend. It is that friend's job to take a marker and draw all the way around your body. With life-sized, cut-out organs and some tape, put those organs where you think that they go....the brain, lungs, heart, liver, stomach and intestines are shown. Lift the flap and the reader learns a little about those body parts, and is encouraged to try to make a skeleton using available materials such as pasta.

On we go to listening to the heart, breathing, muscles and facial expression, sight, sound, taste and touch. All instructions are clear and doable with supervision for safety, and even a little help. The instructions help the children move from point to point, always allowing time to make discoveries and discuss them.

The young scientists are appealing, the discovery work well explained, and the learning unavoidable. Once again, there is a useful glossary to help with unfamiliar terms, and a shopping list that means one trip would get you everything you need to expand your child's knowledge about the body and the many amazing things it can do!

Two other titles are available in this series...Backyard and Kitchen. Get out there and take a look. That should keep you busy until the little ones are happily back in the classroom. Thanks to DK Publishing for their great work on behalf of our kids!

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