TWO NEW YEARS Written by Richard Ho Illustrated by Lynn Scurfield (Chronicle Books; $18.99,…
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOUR BODY
Written by Beverly McMillan
featuring over 200 color photos and illustrations
(B.E.S., $14.99, Ages 10-14)
I am going to start my review of A Day in the Life of Your Body: An Around the Clock Guide to How Your Body Works ($14.99, Barron’s, ages 8 and up) by saying that I find this book to be overwhelmingly wonderful in every way. Think of it as a comprehensive anatomy textbook, but for kids – filled with extraordinary, detailed full-color medical illustrations and photographs. Author Beverly McMillan’s narrative takes the reader through what goes on inside the body of a child on any given day, from the time she wakes up until she goes to sleep. Young readers will learn an array of fascinating facts about how the body works. For example, the keratin in our skin makes it completely waterproof, the cerebral cortex of the brain is used to doing math problems and vision is the most powerful of the five senses. In addition to covering the vital functions of the body, other engaging sections cover visiting the doctor, genetics, how food is processed, what it takes to live a long and healthy life plus health myths and facts.
What I love about this book is that it is written in such a way that what would normally be complicated information is just so easy to understand. The exceptional illustrations clearly depict the internal layers of the body, which greatly complement the text. And it’s very important for our health, for all of us to understand how the human body works. This book may have been written for children, but you’d be hard pressed to find an adult anywhere who would not learn from it and enjoy reading it, too. Every home and classroom should have a copy of A Day in the Life of Your Body: An Around the Clock Guide to How Your Body Works!
- Reviewed by Debbie Glade, who adores science books, and was excited to review this spectacular book about the human body.