Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
This book is an energetic introduction to body systems. Primary children playing, eating, biking, and exploring become the illustrations for lessons on anatomy. A single sentence caption supports each clear photograph, inviting readers to stretch their skill as they explore their body.
The photographs of children engaged in everyday actions are overlaid with diagrams of organs and systems making it possible to peek inside the body. As a girl kicks a ball, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of her leg are illustrated. A boy jumps rope, and his heart, arteries, and veins are clearly supporting his movements. Even a reader becomes an anatomy lesson as his brain and nervous system are explained.
Once students have shared this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book they will be far more conscious of their bodies. The illustrations show rich diversity; for example, there are 11 photos showing different types of hair. This diversity gives self–confidence to readers from different backgrounds.
There is supporting reading with facts about senses, skin, and hair, body systems, and a brief but useful glossary. This is an ideal book to begin together then use as the basis of a center or a reference. It's easy to imagine physical activities to reproduce the information here.
Review posted on 1/16/2013