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The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts (My Body Science) Paperback – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Series: My Body Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929132158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929132157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This title, which explores all forms of flatulence, is "both informative and blunt," said PW. "The book provides young readerswith solid facts as well as plenty to snicker about." All ages.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1-A simplistic explanation of human and animal flatulence. The text adequately tells how gas is formed and its characteristics, although it overlooks the role of dairy products in its formation. A basic diagram shows the passage of food and air through the body. The drearily colored, amateur line cartoons depict a family of no particular race and zoo animals with sound balloons, such as "BURP!" and "BAAROOMM" being emitted from both ends. This bodily function that is the source of so much schoolyard humor may be of interest to youngsters, but they won't glean much information from this mediocre presentation.
Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are great, very simple and educational.
Sharyn DeLano
Well, every time I went by that store I had to go in and read it again, and each time I did, I laughed out loud.
Gramma Sue
The Gas We Pass by Shinta Cho, is a hilarious book of the reasons we pass gas.
Travis Taylor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"When an elephant farts, the farts are really big." How can you resist a book with an opening line like that? "The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts" reveals this and many more facts about a basic bodily function. Written by Shinta Cho and translated into English by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, this is one of those great children's books that doubles as a work of delightful humor for adults.
This book is not only humorous, but also educational. A diagram of the digestive system and other visual aids help to drive home the science of farts. The book is written in a matter-of-fact, totally nonjudgmental tone. The text is supplemented by drawings that have a quirky charm to them.
I suppose that some self-appointed watchdogs of "cultural purity" will whine and pout about a book that celebrates the fart as a joyous, and even noble, part of life. But for the rest of us, "The Gas We Pass" is a treasure.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We use this book on our pediatric ward for patients who have had abdominal surgery. It teaches them about how their intestines work and it helps them understand why we ask them if they are passing gas. This information is important because it lets us know their gastro-intestinal system is working normally again. All ages (including teen-agers) enjoy the book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This has to be the most hilarious book I've ever read! I fell out of my chair at my doctors office waiting room I was laughing so hard. The girls in the office love watching the patients reactions to this wonderful read. This is such a great way to explain farting to kids. Very interesting!
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryan on November 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that I couldn't stop snickering the first time I read this book to my preschooler. It didn't help that the first page illustrates an elephant passing gas with KABOOM! But later on, I realized that this was the way author Shinta Cho intended to desensitize readers to what is a very taboo subject in polite society.
With a frank and straightforward style, The Gas We Pass explains in layman's terms the reason our bodies produce gas, how we expel it and why this is a healthy, natural thing. A variety of people and animals are helpfully illustrated eating and farting. There is no sense of shame or mockery in the subtext, which helps children to avoid associating gas with jokes or rudeness.
The drawings are a bit amateurish and simple, but they complement the text nicely. In all, not an exciting read, but it does explain this bodily function well for children. To this day my now five year old boy never tells fart jokes.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hoppy Doppelrocket on February 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I originally purchased this wonderful book in order to aggravate my mother-in-law (not the current one, but my third wife's overly prudish mamma). She couldn't stand to hear my children (her "little boopsies") say the innocuous word "fart" (she prefers the even more innocuous and utterly ridiculous "fizzle").
Anyhow, I figured this little tome would really get my kids going (and as a consequence, rile up the prim and proper Gooba (her cute, carefully selected Grandmother name). Well, it sure did!! My kids (and I) learned more about the natural process of farting than we thought possible. I can't tell you how much pleasure I derived seeing my youngens sling the f-word at Gooba. And if their maniacal laughter meant anything, they got a heckuva kick out of it as well.
The author is Japanese, but the translation is top-notch. There are also many hilarious pictures (this book was aimed for 4-7 year olds) as well as clues as to which particular foods will help you get that stench just right (I never had the chance to try this on Gooba, too bad!). Overall, this book serves many purposes. It can educate and infuriate. A winning combination in my book!!!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Travis Taylor on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Gas We Pass by Shinta Cho, is a hilarious book of the reasons we pass gas. The illustrations are great. The color scheme of the pictures themselves helps the imagination grow, and suitable for children. It helps them learn the scientific concept of why gas is passed. It also tells which foods make gas stink, and how much gas actually comes out in a fart. It's really amazing what some never know. There is some inappropriate content in the book; it is a picture of a little boy and his father in the bathtub, both of whose genitals are exposed. Besides that, it is great for people of all ages. It is a book everyone should take the chance to read. I promise you, this book doesn't just let off gas; it's educational and funny and these are the two important elements of learning. So the next time you pass gas, you will think about how it happens, and there won't be anymore smell-raising questions. Enjoy!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Field Dunaway English 101 Book Review Dr. Martin
Passing Gas
This was one of the cleverest ways that I have ever seen anyone explain farting to children. The illustrations are informative, and the context is cut, dry, and right to the point about how humans and animals pass gas. The illustrations appeal to young kids because they are done in bright color and with cartoon characters that children can relate to. If I had kids, I would definitely buy this book for them to read and understand all about this smelly subject. I had no idea that people fart out over two cups of gas in one day; it amazes me that scientists can even calculate farts and their measurements. Between the descriptive illustrations and the easily readable context, I would absolutely recommend this book for children and adults of all ages.
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