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Jessica's X-Ray Paperback – September 12, 2006
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A young girl breaks her arm and must have an X ray. Later, while waiting for her cast to dry, she goes on a tour of the hospital and learns about other forms of body imaging, including CAT scans, ultrasound, and MRIs. The text briefly defines each test and gives an example of its use. For example, readers are told that an MRI employs a big magnet to take pictures that show tissue normally hidden behind bone; a tipped-in film of a head is included. Overall, six images printed on film are integrated into the book. With each one, questions are posed to help readers identify the different parts of each picture, be it skull, brain, ribs, or heart. Pale, delicate pencil-and-watercolor sketches help carry the text along and show the setting for each test and the equipment used. In question-and-answer format, the final two pages further define the imaging methods and explain why one would be chosen over another. Despite the rudimentary level of the illustrations and the text, the book is useful as an introduction to these complex medical procedures. Of course, Jessica leaves the hospital smiling.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 2-5, younger for reading aloud. It's a great idea: introduce real X rays in a picture book and explain them in the story. When Jessica, 6, falls and breaks her arm, the doctor orders X rays. At first she's scared, but a reassuring technician explains how everything works. Integrated with the fictional story are actual X rays of a child's arm and hand, and kids will want to talk with an adult about what the transparencies show ("Can you see where Jessica's arm is broken? Can you see where her bones are growing?"). Unfortunately, the childish cover and format may deter an older audience, while the technical information may be too much for the preschool crowd, especially in the second half of the book, when Jessica tours the radiology department and the X rays show a CAT-scan of a skull, a computer image of a lung, an ultra-sound picture of a baby in utero, and an MRI of a head. At the back are questions and answers about the various techniques, how they work and what they show, and a guide to the pictures. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It is a very fact filled book with a story, medical reports and even real x-rays.
I think her mother was more thrilled than Madeline, it has the whole story and explanation for all ages.
Great book to have on haand...just in case