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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-In this delightful concept book, a girl gives readers a guided tour of her "amazing body," illustrated with colorful cartoon art. The child talks about the parts of the body that she can see, but mostly about those she can't. She describes the functions of her skin, bones, muscles, brain, blood, heart, lungs, and stomach in an engaging and accessible way. For example, when discussing muscles, the girl states that, "They stretch and shrink like rubber bands." She says that her heart is "like my own little engine." The book ends with the affirmation that while everyone's body is similar, each individual is unique. A page of "Amazing Body Facts" is appended. The drawings are scientifically sound and well incorporated into the picture-book format. An informative and enjoyable title.
Susan Knell, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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With a lively text and simple, colorful illustrations, this picture book explains a lot of human anatomy and physiology to young children. What's more, Sweeney makes it a continuous story. A girl talks about her skin; then beneath her skin are her bones (and she talks about them); attached to her bones are her muscles, which move because her brain tells them to; and her brain and body need energy, which they get from the blood. . . . The pictures of the child, inside and out, are as clear and informative as the words, showing how the parts of the body work and the connections between them. The casual tone ("My brain is the boss of my body") never condescends; in fact, children will feel the wonder of the scientific story that builds to the amazing climax: every person in the world has a body that's very much the same, but every person is also very different. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; 1st Dragonfly Books Ed edition (May 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375806237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375806230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the moment my 5 year old daughter is fascinated with the workings of the body - she says she wants to be a surgeon! I got this for her, and it does contains lots of basic and informative information about human anatomy and the systems that run the body. My only complaint, and it is a pretty big one, is that the illustrations actually creep me out. My daughter does not voice this opinion, but she was reserved in her reaction to the book. The illustrations are supposed to look like a child has drawn them with crayon, but they are presented as drawings of the very same girl who narrates the book, but she is missing her face, or her face is part skull, etc. It just struck me as a bit jarring, and I'll be interested to look at other books for the same age group on this topic. Also, the reproductive system is conveniently skipped, which would be of enormous interest to the kids, but force the folks to have a longer bed time story!
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This is the absolute best book of anatomy for children. I looked everywhere for a book for my 3 year old daughter, that wasn't too advanced, but at the same time remained interesting. This book would be great for kids up to 8 years old. It explains all aspects of your body such as a discussion of how your skeleton holds up your skin and, at the same time, protects the softer insides of your body. It also discusses your how your muscles work, how your body receives energy from your food, and how your heart, lungs, veins, and arteries all work together. It's a great discussion starter. I really can't say enough about this book... It's just great!
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We found this one in the library. It is the best book about anatomy and physiology I've seen for for the preschooler age. My girls (3 and 5) have never really understood the other books we've read on the subject, and this one just clicked for them.
My 5-year-old was so impressed by the information on nutrition that she copied the pyramid out of the book, put it up on the refrigerator, and now makes sure she's eaten the proper number of servings each day.
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A wonderfully illustrated explanation of how our bodies work, presented in kid-friendly language that is comprehensible and appealing to preschoolers. Simple yet medically correct discussion of internal organs, bones, the circulatory system, and more. A great book to help young children understand the complex and abstract functions that happen inside our skin, where we can't see them.
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My 5 year old granddaughter didn't like this book at all, nor did I. The illustrations are kind of creepy as another reviewer mentioned - at the very least they have no personality.

The writing is pedestrian and makes a fascinating subject boring. Here are a few sample sentences:

"Skin comes in many different colors. It holds my body together and lets me feel things, like my kitty's soft fur or the prickly spikes of my cactus. Ouch!"

"Every part of my body works together to keep me going and keep me growing. And someday I'll be all grown up!
Isn't it amazing?"

She needs those exclamation points because there is no excitement conveyed in the words.

Kids deserve better. The Let's Read and Find Out Science Series has better books on some of these subject such as the skeleton, blo0d circulation, digestion etc.

I bought the book because of the great reviews and was sorely disappointed.
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This book is a great introduction about the function of body parts for little people. I like the idea of starting to talk matter-of-factly with my four year old about how his body works. I hope this will open the door and make future talks about more intimate issues easier.
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This book is clear and simple. It covers everything without being complicated. It is easy for kids to understand without talking down to them. I highly recommend this book!
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This is a great starting place to explain in 3D the connection between bones, muscles and blood. We were disappointed that it did not have the sex organs for both F and M.
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