Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Human Body, written and edited by Caroline Stamps. DK, Tourmaline Editions Inc. 2013. $11.99 ages 8 and up
This is a terrific and very informative first guide to all a young reader might want to know about the human body. In two page entries, the workings of the body are explained with just the right amount of information for those children not yet ready to explore the much more complex Eyewitness series.
In this guide they will find out about the external differences and the internal similarities of each one of us:
"All bodies are made up of organs. Skin is an organ. It is wrapped around a framework of bones and other organs such as the heart, the brain and the lungs.
Organs work to keep you alive, and each does a different job. Organs work together to make up systems, such as the muscular system and the circulatory system."
From babies and belly buttons, to the skin, the skeleton, the hair, the muscles, and so on, children are introduced in a clear and accessible way to the workings of the body. Filled with engaging, often astonishing, photographs and just enough information to keep them reading more, this book encourages their learning by making it fun.
The writer ensures that the language is accessible to younger readers, using captions and sorting the information into small bites. There are three interactive double page spreads at the end. One is a true or false? quiz, one is a facts matchup, one is a what's this? set of close-up photos, and the last one is a brain maze. All are meant to have readers think back on what they have read. Each provides a page number for checking answers. A glossary explains new vocabulary.