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Human Anatomy Coloring Book (Dover Children's Science Books) Paperback – February 1, 1982
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I have found over the years that if I want to learn something but am a beginner, the best place to start is a high quality children's book. All the information is correct, but simplified so that it is easily accessible. My friends think I am "well informed" and "well read", but they don't know that heavy tomes full of dry data are pretty much over my head. Children's books contain interesting stuff that is useful and presented in an engaging way and when I use books that are intended for kids, I usually come away with more useful knowledge that if I tried to tackle hoity-toity, intellectual reading material that isn't really all that interesting.
That is why I purchased the HUMAN ANATOMY COLORING BOOK. Let's face it. Regular, adult level anatomy books have enough crammed in that they make my head spin and I find I don't know how to process it all. After all, I am not studying to be a doctor, but my doctor recommends that his patients get this simple coloring book to help them better able to take charge of their own health! I only need a basic but accurate knowledge of how my body works, and where all my "parts" are! When I have this simple understanding of my body, I can talk to my doctor in a clear way, and I can also better understand what he or she is telling me. I am better able to practice simple, at-home massage techniques, I am able to use an OTC laser, and in general have an overall enhanced respect for the way I am created. It is great to know enough to have good understanding for elementary nutritional, medical and physical fitness, and this can be had by getting the basics in a fun and easy manner. And if I need more advanced knowledge, this is a great place to start and will allow me to move on to more complicated adult level books with enough foundation to grasp things that are too hard for a beginner.
It is also great for kids and they find it fascinating to learn about how they are put together. If you can also get an inexpensive stethoscope, you can enjoy some fun exploration with your kids or grandkids. Did you know that children who grow up with a basic knowledge and respect of their bodies are less likely to smoke, drink and abuse drugs? They are also less prone to obesity and more active and physically fit. And all this can be had in the most fun and engaging way!
HUMAN ANATOMY COLORING BOOK is useful for children to adults, age 8 or 9 years old and up. It is too advanced for most preschool - 3rd graders. For younger children, I recommend "Little Explorers: My Amazing Body", which can be purchased here:
Little Explorers: My Amazing Body
The preschool book above is not a coloring book, but it is a great intro to anatomy for little ones who are just exiting babyhood. If you want coloring pages for very young children, Google the term "Human Anatomy Coloring Pages for Preschoolers" you will find a lot of printable pages that are appropriate for very young preschool-age kids. My favorite is a site called EduPics. When you get on the site, just click on the appropriate folders at the top of the page -from the home page, make sure you are under the tab labeled B&W and you want to go the folder called, "health". Once in the "health" folder, click on the sub-folder entitled, "human body". There you will find some great, simple coloring pages that are great for ages 3-8.
So, there you have it folks. People think I am "smart", but really, I just like children's books! And this is one of the best! It has clear, easy to color pictures along with a short explanation of what each body part is and how it works. Awesome, informative and easy to do. Enjoy! :-D
This would be a great companion to a basic anatomy textbook, probably at the high school level. It would also be good for younger kids who are ready to start studying anatomy on their own or with help. The drawings are pretty clear and the text is easy to understand. Because the human body is not flat, several structures that might be difficult to understand with only one view are visible from several angles, sometimes including cross sections or range of motion.
For me, I find that putting colored pencil to paper and filling in the drawings makes details clearer and easier to remember. Glancing at an image in a textbook is one thing, but actually filling in a drawing forces me to consider the shape I'm working with, to pay attention to where one bone ends and another begins, and to think about how things like joints actually work.
I think that if I had worked with books like this the first time I took classes on this subject, I might have understood the mechanics of how the body works a little better before getting into the field and seeing damaged bodies, not working.
This isn't a primary anatomy textbook. But it is a great basic workbook, and for me the act of coloring forces me to slow down and learn well. And it's an enjoyable refresher if you haven't picked up a textbook in a few years.