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Look Inside: Your Body (Usborne Look Inside) Hardcover – August 1, 2012
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Peek under all the flaps in this colorful and engaging book. Perfect for little fingers and curious minds.
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First, the majority of the flaps just reveal facts and were not necessarily peering into the layers of the body... the facts are good and do teach a lot, but its not what I was lead to believe the book contained. The book's title is "look inside your body" so that is what i wanted.
Second, i thought the front cover was showing you some of the flaps in the book... and i really liked the hand shaped one that could flip over to see the bones.... but there are no hand-shaped, organ-shaped, or body shaped flaps in the book. So the cover again was a tad misleading.
Third, there is a lack of proper science terms throughout the book. The esophagus should be labeled as such with parentheses under it stating "windpipe" that way kids learn real terms and their common names/functions. The drawings of organ systems could hardly be called diagrams given how little was labeled. They could have labeled far more on nearly every page. The more science words kids are exposed to, the better they will do later on in difficult science courses because they know the vocab already so just have to focus on learning the hard concepts. Overall lack of labeling in the book makes me question its value/worth.
Fourth, I thought each organ system (or organ system pair like cardiovascular and respiratory presented as a layer) would have a 2-page spread and hit all of the basics... but the digestive system was the ONLY system with a two page spread with layering flaps to see inside organs. Instead, the integumentary system (skin) has only 1/4 of a page with hardly any facts plus one flap in the senses section on nerve endings and a few facts on the inside of the back cover... the book did not even state the skin's purposes. The urinary system has one flap that hardly shows what is going on, the reproductive system has one flap and does not even have a flap to see the baby in the tummy, the lymphatic and endocrine systems are not even mentioned when one flap each would have sufficed, and the immune system is just a single flap if you count the germs one. Cardiovascular and respiratory systems were side by side and did not show layering. The same with the muscular and skeletal systems though they had flaps in the front of the book to show some layering. There were two pages on the nervous system (senses are included) but still managed to not cover basics like reflexes. The sense of taste only deals with sour, sweet, salty, and bitter... when umami the taste of protein is pretty significant. The last page and inside of the cover have a number of random facts about daily life and growing up but do not even cover the missing body systems.
For me, this book does introduce some concepts about the human body... but you would have to spend so much time supplementing knowledge that I just don't think the book is worth it in the end. The gimmick of using flaps was not used to its best advantage. Overall its only at a pre-school level book that has to be read with a parent to explain everything and fill in gaps... and make sure the kid does not rip the flaps off.... Any kid over the age of 4 should be learning more vocab than this so its best to get a different book. I really wanted to like this book but it just did not meet what I wanted it to.