Humanatomy: How the Body Works
Nicola Edwards, George Ermos and Jem Maybank
Ever wanted to go beneath your skin and get right up close to your inner workings? If so, then this is definitely the book for you.
Tucked inside the front cover is a flip-over section comprising eight superb labelled illustrations, one for each of the body’s systems
excluding the endocrine, immune and reproductive systems.
The main part of the book contains an introductory page followed by a brief explanation of how the systems work together; and then detailed chapters on each of those systems, the first being the integumentary system.
Like the chapters that follow, it begins with a short overview of the functions and other fascinating facts; and then goes into detail using questions that immediately draw the reader in. Questions such as ‘Why do we have different shades of skin and why do some people have freckles?’ ‘Why do your hands go wrinkly in the bath?’ or, ‘How does skin heal itself? And what are scabs and scars all about?’
Next comes the muscular system, followed by the skeletal system that includes a labelled pictorial sequence of how a broken bone heals …
Thereafter we have the digestive system and then the respiratory system. I’ve no doubt children will delight in the ‘What is snot and why do we have it?’ paragraph and be fascinated to learn that the highest ‘sneeze speed’ on record is 165 km (103 miles) per hour.
The circulatory, nervous and urinary systems are equally fascinating. Did you know that blood makes up about 7% of our body weight? Or that lobsters have little urine nozzles under their eyes and communicate by squirting wee into each other’s faces – slightly off key but the sort of thing that children love to discover.
The final systems spread encompasses the endocrine, immune and reproductive systems.
And the last chapter (before the very accessible glossary) looks at DNA and what makes us who we are.
Altogether a fabulous publication. The writing is perfectly pitched for child readers, the production is excellent, as are the illustrations by George Ermos and Jemima Maybank, it’s a book that deserves to be in every primary classroom collection and on every child’s bookshelf.