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Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) Hardcover – August 26, 2003

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PreSchool-K--This installment in the series appears at first glance to be a useful overview of the human body. However, while the text flows in a pleasant Seuss-like way and the colorful artwork will please fans of The Cat in the Hat, some of the information is just plain wrong. For example, the statement that there are "soft bones in your nose" is incorrect; the nose is actually made up of cartilage. In another section, the text asserts that "in our stomachs there's food we ate three days ago." Food generally passes through the stomach in a matter of hours; it may take days to eliminate from the body, but the stomach empties relatively quickly. The heart is described as the biggest muscle in the body, but the gluteus maximus is actually the largest. For a better treatment of the subject for beginning readers, try Shelley Rotner and Stephen Calcagnino's The Body Book (Orchard, 2000) or Barbara Seuling's From Head to Toe (Holiday, 2002).--Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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Young children will love Inside Your Outside! ...a good choice for teachers looking to integrate reading and science. -- National Science Teachers Association Recommends
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Cat in the Hat's Learning Library
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375811001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375811005
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tish Rabe (pronounced "Robby") is a best-selling children's book author who has written over 160 children's books including The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a series of non-fiction Dr. Seuss science books, which have sold over 4 million copies. A new television series based on these books, "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That" airs daily on PBS Kids (http://www.pbskids.org/catinthehat).

Ms. Rabe also created her own original character "The I Believe Bunny" for Thomas Nelson (www.ibelievebunny.com) a series of gentle, inspirational stories featuring beautiful watercolor illustrations, which won the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Best Picture Book in 2010.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Nelson on September 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book a lot. Like many other books in this series, Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz recycle the "Cat In The Hat" characters to teach a specific non-fiction topic. In this case, the subject at hand is the human body. They do a very nice job of covering all the main systems of the body, at a level appropriate for the target audience.
Ruiz' illustrations are spot-on replicas of what Seuss himself would have done. Rabe's narration is quite good, but just a tad below the master's work - granted, her hands are tied a bit by the subject matter.
In summary, I took off one star, since it doesn't quite read like a Seuss book, but the book is still highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grandma in Oregon on January 13, 2007
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I purchased three books from this series. My 7 year old Granddaughter loves them, and I am relearning things that I have forgotten. She entertains both her Dad and myself with all the facts she's learning. I am going to purchase all of the rest of the series. Really great books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Merrick on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This a great book! I got it for my niece for her 5th birthday and she is in LOVE with it! Very fun and easy way to learn the body. Great addition to her Dr. Seuss collection too!
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Mork on May 12, 2010
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The reason I don't give this book a higher rating is a few scientific inaccuracies. For instance, the brain is shown as grey, not pink. It also says that food stays in the stomach for days. In a healthy person the food goes through the entire digestive in about 24 hours.
It irks me when books for children, especially science books, have such mistakes. It would be so easy to edit out these inaccuracies. There is no excuse for such carelessness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hallie Edwards on January 6, 2014
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We are huge Dr. Seuss fans, and these modern-day adaptations are so clever. They take the rhyming patterns and characters from the classic Seuss books and turn them into educational books on nearly every topic. I think by now we have almost every book in the very large set. We've learned about the human body, the desert, horses, sea life. You name it, this series covers it. I learn almost as much as my kids when we read them together. We literally have hundreds of books in our home library, but these are the only books my 5 yr old and 7 yr old want to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bohrer on January 9, 2010
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We have a couple of others from this series adn I can't say enough good things about them. I like the educational content and the rhyming keeps my girls (5 & 3) engaged. They ask questions about the content which prompts more discussion and learning. I would recommend this and the others in the series as good nin-fiction, educational reading for young children. We also have the seashore and bug ones.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Summer K on April 28, 2014
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A participator (who had a librarian parent) introduced me to this book and I'm so grateful! This is such a great intro and/or wrap up to a body systems unit for primary students. It's written in the expected rhyming style and packs A LOT of valuable information in an entertaining book. This book, and ensuing discussion, took all of a 30 minute lesson. I will be using this book annually!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xemplar on July 26, 2011
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As with almost all Dr Seuss titles, he masterfully takes a college level subject and puts it into a kindergartner's world. He does so without leaving out or dumbing dumb- amazing. And as always the language is engaging through the rhyme and cadence. Added bonus is that it encourages my new reader to read on her own as well.
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