Title: See Inside Your Body
Author: Katie Daynes
Illustrator: Colin King
Publisher: Usborne Books, 2006
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Themes: Human Body, Science
Learn how the body works in this simple, colorful lift-the-flap book. Topics covered are Eating & Excreting, Breathing Air, Pumping Blood, Bones & Muscles, Brain Power, the Senses, Drinking & Peeing.
Many of the Usborne non-fiction books have an accompanying webpage full of supplementary Internet links. Here is the link for this book.
Here is an extensive classroom plan for teaching the human body with worksheets. Another site which has worksheets and puzzle games. TeacherVision (membership site) has extensive resources such as lesson plans, printables, quizzes, science activities on the subject of the human body, click here.
Why I Like This Book:
This is a wonderful educational book which breaks down various concepts of the human body into simple, easy-to-understand text. Each page spread discusses one of the body’s systems, by covering the main functions of the relevant organs and walking the reader through a step-by-step process. What makes this book unique are the extra little side notes. The author uses these side notes to connect the concepts to everyday occurrences. For instance the first page, Eating & Excreting, discusses how the body processes food.
Technical: Your windpipe takes air to your lungs.
Side Note: If food goes down your windpipe by mistake, you cough to push it back up. (I use this line of my kids, when they are bouncing up and down at the dinner table.)
The illustrations are colorful, lively, and humorous. There are over 50 flaps which kids will love to look through and find nuggets of information. The book is a hardcover with board book type pages. There are only 15 pages but a kid could easily spend over a half hour pouring through the details.
Since the text and illustrations are quite detailed and the numerous flaps, this book is best suited for a classroom or home library.
This book is part of the “See Inside” series by Usborne. They have numerous other titles covering science, history, space, and more.
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.