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Starred Review. Grade 3-6 From the life-sized human skull grinning out from the brick-red cover to a complete skeleton waving goodbye from a gatefold late in the book, bones are given an entertaining and fresh treatment. Beginning with the opening spread of life-sized animal bones, human bones are quantified and qualified. Hands, feet, femurs, ribs, spine, and skull are shown and compared to other species. Symmetry and joints as well as adaptations for survival are introduced. Humor abounds in the illustrations as well as in subheadings such as, That's a Handful, Big Foot, and Head Case. Readers will be lured in by interactive touches like What bone is this? and the Some Assembly Required spread with all 206 adult human bones unlabeled and grouped by body area. Displayed against a navy-blue background, the spread opens to the burnt sienna gatefold mentioned above. Two additional gatefolds include a small python (200 ribs) and a collection of skulls. Jenkins's characteristic cut-paper collages in mottled creams and grays are perfectly suited to the topic and contrasted against solid jewel-tone, full-bleed backgrounds. The precise and scaled representations (many life size) are clearly labeled. Text, other than an opening page, is limited and supports the highly visual and sophisticated treatment. A More About Bones spread completes the book with a hodgepodge of fascinating facts. With applications that range from anatomy to evolution and mathematics, this book will find a place in every collection. Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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One of the foremost illuminators of the animal kingdom here takes a peek beneath the skin. He begins with a single human finger bone, then shows where it fits in the hand, then attaches the arm bones and sets it aside the forelimbs of a mole, spider monkey, gray whale, turtle, and fruit bat to illustrate how they all share the same basic structure. Similar comparisons take a look at feet, legs, rib cages, necks, and heads, almost always using a consistent scale to display the relative size of elephant and stork legs or a giraffe and human neck. Jenkins provides concise chunks of text alongside his always impressive cut-paper collages, which are a little more understated than in some of his other dynamic books (the color scheme ranges from ashy white to dusty gray, with a few touches of calcified yellow). But the clean design of the intricate skeletons set against solid background colors is striking and provides a wonderful visual introduction to what keeps us all upright. Thoughtful back matter probes deeper into bone-related science concepts. Grades 2-5. --Ian Chipman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780545046510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545046510
  • ASIN: 0545046513
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated thirty picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eyepopping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children. To learn more about Steve and his books, visit www.stevejenkinsbooks.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steve Jenkins is one of my favorite illustrators. His distinctive cut-paper style is unmistakable and he delivers another fine offering in this book. This volume has a more restrained color palette than his other works. White, grey, a bit of yellow and black stand out against various bold background colors on each page. Brilliant, meticulously crafted cut-paper illustrations along with lots of clear labels and interesting fact-filled sidebars make this book an absolute must have for budding young scientists. Human and animal bones of all kinds are contrasted and compared. Appropriate for most grade-school students, this book should be included in any classroom studying the skeleton.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Buonadonna on January 29, 2012
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A fantastic book for toddlers on up. Even interesting for adults reading it!

Drawings/pictures are great, and pull out really make it effective
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 21, 2010
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BONES: SKELETONS AND HOW THEY WORK provides a fine survey of differences between human and animal bones, comparing bone appearances, weight, purposes and more. Spreads reveal the bony insides of a range of animals, from a spider monkey, a mole and a bat to an elephant, and provide readers with a fine and lively introduction to physiology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jana Walker on August 21, 2013
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Bought it based on a review from another homeschooling blog but really don't think it's a WOW item. My kids enjoy looking through the giant DK Inside My Body book waaaayyyyy more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Pawson on July 9, 2013
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My 2.5 year old twins love this book. The are very interested in anatomy, and bones in particular. This book is full of great information and shows the bones of many different animals. It's also good for teaching children about homologous structures (human hand - bat wing - dolphin flipper). It has several fold out pages with large pictures, including one of the human skeleton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Harman on February 14, 2014
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Awesome book!! Out 3 yr old grandson loves!! He's into the skeletal system so this book is perfect and with a bonus fold out human skeleton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregg A. Lebovitz on April 28, 2013
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I bought this book for my 5 year old who has had an obsession with bones since our visit to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney world. She loves this book.
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By Julie Roberts Towe on January 3, 2011
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Even if you are already a bone expert, you will love this book for the art. And if you are not a bone expert, you will love this book for the art AND the fun, surprising, interesting facts it provides. It can be read thoroughly, skimmed, or just looked through and the result will still be amazement. A few fold-out pages give an added element of surprise.
My 6 year old and I read this book together, so I disagree that the age level is 9-12. If you are considering this book for a child who is interested in bones, anatomy, or animals; it will be the right fit regardless of age.
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