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Brainiacs: An Imaginative Journey Through the Nervous System (Human Body Detectives) Kindle Edition
About the Author
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 and VoiceBoks.
Dr. Heather lives and practices on the Big Island of Hawaii. She focuses on providing resources for families so that they can learn more about preventative healthcare as a way to help them confidently and proactively make good choices regarding their everyday health. She lives with her husband and two daughters, Merrin and Pearl, who the characters in her stories are based on.
Dr. Heather is currently at work writing another Human Body Detectives adventure, an imaginative journey through the muscular system.
Facebook: facebook.com/HumanBodyDetectives --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B00NCGWUXO
- Publication date : September 4, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 13146 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 57 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,915 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My favorite part of using the Human Body Detective books in our homeschool is the friendly way scientific facts are introduced to students without watering down the language for the sake of a child’s age. Phrases like Dendrite, myelin sheaths and the node of Ranvier are mixed into the story in such a natural and easy way, kids do not feel confused or intimidated by the language.
I also appreciate the nutrition advice mixed into the story – specific foods that are particularly helpful for the part of the body being studied, so in this book, the brain. This gives us a concrete application for the new knowledge acquired by reading the book.
At the end of the story we learn more about the nervous system with facts that provide that extra bit of info for kids right as they are thinking “wow, the brain’s cool”, and are curious to learn more.
We also can see up close, labeled drawings of some of the things discussed in the book, including a neuron and the brain itself. We also get the usual Human Body detective list of fast interesting facts, jokes and other extras that allow you to always feel like there’s more to learn without having to reach for another book for those kids who are hungry for more than the basics.
Those who have students who may not be totally fascinated by learning about the body will also appreciate the wording that tries to pull kids into the excitement as we read facts that are “interesting,” “intriguing” and “fascinating”.
For those with several students on different learning levels, the story features one sister who is kind of confused and struggling to understand while the other sister so eagerly explains what she has been learning.
For us - the book is timed perfectly as we started learning about the nervous system this week in our homeschool! I couldn't ask for a more perfect resource for our studies!
In addition to the story in BRAINIACS, the book has lots of addition features. These include a section entitled “More About the Nervous System” that gives an even more in-depth explanation about how the human brain functions; an illustration of a human brain; an illustration of a neuron; two pages of fun facts; a list of different metaphors of how the brain operates; tips for strengthening and protecting one’s brain; and several jokes.
Although I really like the concept of the “Human Body Detectives” and reading the adventures of Pearl & Merrin, I felt that BRAINIACS isn’t as strong a title as the other book I’ve read in the series, BATTLE OF THE BUGS. There’s quite a bit of explanation in BRAINIACS and not very much action. In addition, the climatic point when the sisters finally get to the brain isn’t very exciting and is a bit of a letdown. That’s not to say the story is interesting and full of information because it is. However, it just isn’t a very strong story, in my opinion.
Overall, BRAINIACS is a book full of facts and knowledge about the human brain. I think it works best as a supplement after learning about the brain, instead of as an introduction to the subject. As is the case with BATTLE OF THE BUGS, the extra material at the end of the book is superb.