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Topic: Looking for anatomy/human body book for 9 year old?

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Subject: Looking for anatomy/human body book for 9 year old?
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2008
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I did a search for anatomy and children's books and there were over 100 available.  That's great, but please help me narrow down my choices.  Suggest a good anatomy book for children or tell me some more search terms to narrow the search.  If you have a good one on your shelf, please pm  me or post here.  Thanks.

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Subject: Blood and Guts
Date Posted: 11/14/2008 4:56 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2008
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I used this book with my sons and homeschooling group. It was recommended to me by another homeschooling mom.  This is a review on amazon.com that describes it well. We traced a paper outline of their body at the beginning of the book and as we studied each body system we would add that body part to our silhouette. The skin was one of the first sections so the silhouette represented their skin. We went to a local butcher shop to get some cow parts to disect which was very, very interesting and not as gross as you might think.


Blood and Guts is a nifty little book designed to teach kids about the workings of the human body while having fun doing it. Making learning fun is what the Brown Paper School project is all about; a group of California teachers, writers, and artists came together periodically to put together an impressive number of educational books for children, working on the principle "Accept no substitutes for fun." Linda Allison wrote and illustrated this particular book herself, and it does indeed live up to its subtitle A Working Guide to Your Own Insides. The primary beneficiaries of the book are older children, but in a strong sense she seemed to be writing for both children and their parents; a number of the experiments she includes in these pages really need the supervision and help of an adult, and this makes for a wonderful way for parents to take an active role in their child's education and intellectual development.

The book is organized very well, as the author devotes a chapter to each of the following topics: skin, bones, teeth, muscles, heart, lungs, cells, digestion, kidneys, eyes, ears, balance, brain and nervous system, and reproduction. She provides a basic but quite informative narrative for each subject at hand, includes a number of helpful illustrations, and lays out a number of experiments by which kids can see and learn about the individual subjects themselves. Many of these experiments are very simple and can be performed quickly and easily, while others call for a few supplies that necessitate adult involvement - some of these can be dangerous, such as several different kinds of acid. The book also suggests the acquisition and minor dissection of things like hearts and kidneys, but that probably goes a little farther than most parents will want to go. Obviously, unless your last name is Frankenstein, you don't need to do everything in this book, but most of the experiments are quick, easy, and fun. The chapter on reproduction does not go very deeply into the subject, but the basic differences between males and females are touched upon in word and simplistic illustration. Since the book is aimed at the 9-12 age group, parents will want to take this into consideration. Overall, though, the book succeeds quite well in making learning a fun activity for the child as well as the entire family.