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Osteoblasts to the Rescue: An Imaginative Journey Through the Skeletal System (Human Body Detectives) Kindle Edition

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In Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Dr. Heather Manley authors an entertaining and inspiring look at the Skeletal System. Reading illustrated books with your children becomes even more valuable when the story reminds us that laughter is good for the immune system, that we should practice prevention, that healthy eating really does matter, that yoga is good for balance and bones, that kale tastes great and that we all need to take care of ourselves, and each other.

Lisa Borden
BORDEN COMMUNICATIONS + DESIGN Exceptional Ideas . Ethical Business

With Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Heather Manley once again succeeds in making science, health
and nutrition exciting and fun for kids. As a homeschooling parent, I love having such an engaging way to teach and reinforce concepts about anatomy, medicine and the human body. From preschooler to 5th grader, all of my kids love the Human Body Detectives, and we're excited to follow Merrin and Pearl on their next adventure!

Kristie McNealy MD
Medical Researcher and Homeschooling Mom
KristieMcNealy.com

Human Body Detectives teaches children how their bodies work with lively, interesting stories that focus on individual systems but then connects those systems so that kids understand how their bodies really work. I love that the stories weave food and nutrition into the narrative to give kids an understanding of why eating whole foods is so important. If you're looking for something that educates and entertains children - while teaching parents as well - don't miss out on this modern "physiological" version of the Magic School Bus series.

Mel Hicks
President, Big Time Tea Company

"A terrific way to "bone up" on your knowledge of the skeletal system! Once again, Merrin and
Pearl's delightful adventures allow readers to learn science and health from a new perspective."

Allison Ellis
Youth Media Consultant

Human Body Detectives is the most innovative way to teach children in making the connection
between their diet and how it affects their bodies. These books are well written, so children
can understand and look forward to the next adventure with excitement. Dr. Manley's mission is
perfectly aligned with Vitalah's creators of Oxylent to empower children in making healthy choices to contribute to their overall good health and wellbeing. We look forward to seeing more
Human Body Detectives at work! Thank you Dr. Manley!

Lisa Lent
Founder/CEO of Vitalah

From the Author

Do your books have a teaching objective?  If so, what is it?

Yes! But what is so wonderful about the series is that kids do not even realize they are learning. My goals for students are:
 
●      Have a basic understanding on how each body system functions, how they work independently, yet are dependent on each other to function optimally.
●      Understand the important role nutrition plays in having a healthy body.


Do you plan on doing a series for older kids?


I recently launched the Human Body Detectives Go To School Nutrition 101 for Middle and High School curriculum. It is an extensive turnkey nutrition unit for grades 6 through 12. It is full of entertaining labs, practical information and simple everyday guidelines to food and nutrition.

The HBD curriculum can be purchased on the Teachers Pay Teachers and Homeschooling Buyers Co op websites. Reviews and testimonials can be read on Human Body Detectives site.

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Dr. Heather Manley, ND, is a practicing physician who received her medical degree in 2001 from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is also the award-winning author of The Human Body Detectives book and curriculum series.

A contributing writer to Dandelion Moms, Organic Eats magazine, Parents Canada, and KIWI magazine, Dr. Heather was inspired to write The Human Body Detectives stories when she went on a search for books about healthy eating tips for parents and kids and couldn't find what she was looking for. She wanted to provide a fun and engaging resource that would teach kids about how their bodies work and what foods best feed them. And the HBDs were born.

The Human Body Detectives series won Moms' Choice Award and is also a Parent Tested, Parent Approved winner. Dr. Heather has been named to the Top 50 Mompreneurs Bloggers List on both Babble , VoiceBoks and blogtrepreneur


Dr. Heather lives and practices on the Big Island of Hawaii, where her focus is on preventative healthcare for families and providing a resource for families to learn more about preventative health care so that they can be confident and proactive in their everyday health. She lives with her husband and her two daughters, with whom she based her stories' characters, Merrin and Pearl.

Dr. Heather is currently at work writing another Human Body Detectives adventure, an imaginative journey through the brain and nervous system.


HBD series : The Lucky Escape * Battle with the Bugs * A Heart Pumping Adventure * Osteoblasts to the Rescue

The HBD turn -key curriculum can be purchased on the HBD website, Teachers Pay Teachers and Homeschool Buyers Co op.

Site: http://www.humanbodydetectives.com/blog/
Twitter: @drheathernd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HumanBodyDetectives

Email: drheather@drheathernd.com




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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews on July 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Osteoblasts to the Rescue is the fourth book in the Human Body Detectives non-fiction book series for young readers, written by Dr. Heather Manley. Not having read any of the other books in the series, I was introduced for the first time to sisters Pearl and Merrin, literally, the "Human Body Detectives" themselves. I found the book to be educational, visually interesting, and filled with fun.

In this book, the sisters travel inside their friend's body to have a closer look at a fracture in one of the bones in her arm. They begin their adventure in their friend's spinal column, travel across some ribs toward the sternum, scale the clavicle, and slide down the humerus to the ulna bone where the fracture is located. See? I learned a lot about bones through this book! The book is literally filled with facts about bones; some of which I found fairly complex (e.g., spinal processes and different types of vertebrae) and some that were easier to grasp (e.g., the funny bone is not a bone!) Many of the same facts were repeated at the end of the book in a review of what was covered in the story. I found that very helpful.

The images were all very interesting and the kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures in the book featuring the kids climbing the bones of their friend. Some of the text in the book was highlighted (especially important terms such as "bones", "206″, "spinal processes") with a different font color or style. It reminded me very much of the Geronimo Stilton books in that way. There was also a fun activity in the book: "find the osteoblasts hiding in the pictures throughout the book". My kids had fun finding them all.

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This is a great book for kids and adults alike! It is a fun journey through the human body but we also learn a lot during the journey as well. I love how the author isn't afraid to use the big words and explain their meanings for kids. In a lot of other learning books, the adults sometimes don't want to use too many in depth meanings because they think the kids can't handle it or maybe it won't be as interesting. But in Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Dr. Manley gives kids a lot more credit and finds a way to ensure an awesome story while showing us just how comfortable we can be with our bodies. Inside and out.
I would definitely pick any of Dr. Manley's books up for my kids to read and I would love to use these as part of my homeschooling curriculum too. My sons love the human body and learning everything there is to know and they immediately loved this book. They are begging me to go and grab the others in the series. I also love the fact that it is in a series but you don't have to read the ones before it (although we will ) to understand what is going on. That is a major plus for me.
Osteoblasts to the Rescue is a great book for a majority of reasons. It makes a wonderful teaching tool, it is great for adults to read and learn a little too, and it has a really cool story line that go with the facts too! Its a triple threat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allie on July 1, 2013
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This book, like others in the Human Body Detective Series provides great information in a bite size format that is easy for young children to understand. And the graphics are fantastic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brooke on June 20, 2013
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This is my first review on Amazon! I have a 5 year old son, who loves the 3 other books ( "A Heart Pumping Adventure", "The Lucky Escape" and "Battle With The Bugs") as well as the apps on my iPhone when we go on long car trips. It was a little harder to get him to sit for this one, but with some clever animated reading by mom, some explanation for his age- he soon got very interested in this book, as well. Do not be afraid to read these books to younger children. We started reading them to him when he was 4.
I really like how it talks about what foods build strong bones, as I really try to talk with my kids about why I make the foods that I do for them, as well as why we don't eat some foods that others may eat.
I also really like that this is a book he can grow with, like the others. I have lots of explaining to do now, but the story is interesting for him to follow. As I mentioned before, he loves to listen to the books via app in the car on longer road trips.
Overall, it's an informative book that he enjoyed, and I enjoyed reading it to him. His aunt broke her arm a few weeks ago, so I used her story to relate to this book.
Thank you again, Dr. Heather Manley, for writing another great book to teach our kids about the human body and what foods benefit us for optimal health!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Loften on June 17, 2013
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We have the eBook version of this and love it. My son and I were completely intrigued and we both learned all kinds of things. I appreciate that it does not talk down to kids with the medical terms and names. Great job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Review on June 22, 2013
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First came across Dr. Heather Manley's series when I was looking to add to our health and nutrition curriculum for my homeschooled kids. Thought it was excellent and purchased her first three books and corresponding curriculum back in Dec. My kids loved it! When this new book became available, I couldn't wait to add it to our classroom library. And yes, it was just as excellent as the first three in the series. What I like about and why I chose her books was because they were written in a fun, imaginative, yet informative way focusing on how eating well and exercising corresponds to all aspects of the body's systems; each book has Merrin and Pearl (two main characters) go on these crazy adventures (sort of like The Magic School Bus) but with a different flare and focus. I wanted my kids to make the connection that what they eat affects their bodies and Dr. Heather's books do just that! Highly recommend not just this one but the whole series!!
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