Body Actions

2012. 32p. 978-0-82342-366-8. 16.95.
K-Gr 1–Ambitious to fault, this title tries to cover too much, which results in a little bit of information about a lot of things. The boy riding a bike on the cover and the title seem to indicate that it will be a book about movement, but it is really a brief overview of the entire human body. The nervous, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems; the five senses; skin, and hair are all touched on. The full-color photographs are lovely; they feature racially diverse children, and some of the photographs include an illustration of the body system superimposed on the child. For example, the boy eating a piece of watermelon has an illustration of his digestive tract over his torso. Overall, though, there is so much going on that too much gets glossed over.–Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Very brief text provides scant descriptions of basic body parts and their functions. Full-color photos of kids running, riding bikes, eating, etc., are engaging; many have anatomical illustrations of human organ, muscular, and skeletal systems superimposed on them, which may be disconcerting to some young readers. A guide to body systems, with photos, provides a bit more information. Glos.

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