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X-Ray Me!: Look Inside Your Body

Greenwillow Bks/HarperCollins/. May 2019. 22p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9780062889966.
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Gr 1-5–This interactive board book opens wide—and when a spread is placed in front of a particular area of a child’s body, viewers can look at the internal workings of the human body. The skull and brain, which are held up to the head, have a cut-out hole to peek through. A model in the upper right hand corner guides rreaders on where to place the book. Dark blue background pages make the text stand out. Illustrations are simplified and have labeled parts. Pink, white, and orange are the primary colors used to depict particular organs or body parts. A two sentence blurb in white explains what is being viewed, followed by a question in pale yellow that further encourages kids’ curiosity: feel your skull, count your ribs, bend your knees. The X-ray of the knees shows the legs turned to the sides to show the kneecap.
VERDICT This enjoyable title might prove useful for an introductory exploration of the body. This will fuel more questions from curious toddlers as well.

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