Inside Out Human Body – Luann Colombo

Did you know that your right lung has three lobes (or regions) and your left lung has two?

Or that you take about 20,000 breaths each day?

A layered human body model accompanies text, photos and illustrations that provide an introduction to some of the amazing things the different systems in our bodies do to keep us healthy. We often don’t think about these processes until something goes wrong but the fact that all of these systems work together in the first place is a marvel.

This book gives the reader information about our muscular system, skeletal system, joints, digestive system, urinary system, respiratory system, and nervous system. Pronunciation tips for more advanced words like “pulmonary (PUL-muh-nare-ee)” are provided and there are some simple experiments kids can do to demonstrate what they’re learning, such as looking at the underside of their tongue in a mirror to see their blood vessels (veins are blue, arteries are red).

One particular photo of a blonde girl with a cast on her right arm made me laugh even though it wasn’t intended to be funny. Someone’s obviously told her she needs to look super sad for this photo and she’s got one of the cutest frowny faces I’ve seen. Imagine you’ve just taken a bite out of a lemon and your mouth is drawn down so far that your chin gets that wrinkly, puckered look. That’s her.

While I didn’t find this book as engaging as the Sharks or Egyptian Mummy titles in this series it’s still an interesting read, is well set out and would be a useful school project resource.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – becker&mayer! kids for the opportunity to read this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

What do you think is the most amazing machine in the universe? A superconductor? The modern computer? A rocket ship? Think again: It’s the human body!

Astonishingly intricate and complex, your body grows, heals itself, and performs a mind-boggling number of complex functions all at the same time! Discover the amazing human body, system by system and layer by layer, in this fascinating book.

Inside Out: Human Body takes you on an incredible journey through the powerful muscular system, the “bone zone,” the long and windy road of the digestive system, the blood-pumping circulatory system, the forty-seven-mile long nervous system, and beyond! A unique layered model of the human body serves as the center point of each section, revealing key body parts and functions, while entertaining and informative text explains how the body works.

Each section is fully illustrated with colourful diagrams and includes fun, interactive lessons for you to try yourself. You can learn how to take your own pulse, how to make your arms float, and even what the color of your urine means! Sometimes the most incredible wonders are right under our noses.

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