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The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body Hardcover – October 3, 2008
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The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way. This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.
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Explore author-artist David Macaulay's creative imagination at work in this collection of intriguing early sketches for the book. Each drawing--which is rendered in colored pencils-- lays out the story of a different system of the body through surprising shifts of scale, color, texture, the insertion of figures, and other intriguing spatial relationships on the page.
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What David Macaulay has done here with this book "The way WE work" is to look at the body from the viewpoint of an engineer and illustrator. Mr Macaulay is the mastermind of the very popular The way things work. He has brought those skills to the human body. I appreciate the very clear and thoughtful way he portrays different body components and how they all work together and eventually quit working.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a visual learner or needs to really have a unique perspective for a project. This book is great for any grade school student to any college student. It will probably not replace your need to get the expensive A&P books, however. It will augment your current library though and that in itself is wonderful.
The content is presented in good depth. Compared to many other kid-friendly books on human body, this book's approach of understanding the funtions of the systems and organ starting from celluar level (and molecular level) is very helpful to any kid who is curious to understand the "why"s of human physiology. Unfortunately, the explanations are often short-changed.
Macaulay's previous book had much better illustrations that assisted explanation. This book's illustrations often touch only tangential topics, missing the crux of the topic that most needed an illustration to aid the explanation. I am sorry to say that illustrations seem to be chosen for the ease of the illustrator, and where complexity really needed an illustation for better explanation, the book instead relies on verbose exaplanations, that are often insufficient. The language is often not kid-friendly - the expected target audience.
I find the book useful to arouse interest in human anatomy and physiology, and to frame the content to cater to the inquisiveness of a "why" kid who otherwise finds human anatomy and physiology less than intriguing. It needs to be used in combination with other books/websites/videos that contain better explanations of the matter.
The book comes across as a good first attempt, but a rushed job. I wish Macaulay would revise this book soon, or even better, supplement with multimedia illustrations or videos.
"The Way We Work" however is not of the same caliber of Macaulay's previous work. It is somewhat sloppy in appearance; the illustrations are not clear and the text is not placed well. My 10 year old grandson lost his initial enthusiasm very quickly as did I.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an exceptional addition to Macaulay's tradition of very good books. Written for a slightly older audience, the book is hefty, thorough, and accurate. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
quite pleased. I am giving it to a grand-daughter who is daughter of an MD.
I think that they will be well pleased. It is thorough, clear, and well illustrated.
Excellent Resource! Love his books!
We are doing our body Unit with this as our text book! Beautiful images! Great explanations!
Great book. Have purchased for both of my sisters ( in late 20's) and will likely get one to keep at my house. Read morePublished 7 months ago by dodoert
We thought this was a great book to have at work- but be careful with the reproductive system sections! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer
Oh, darn! I wrote reviews for DK's The Complete Body and The Human Anatomy Coloring Book and totally forgot to include this one in my booklist for teaching our kids health science... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mombot.0001.