Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

50 Body Questions50 Body Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, 105 pages.
@SPL:  J 612 Kyi

The human body is an amazing creation.

With more than 200 bones and 500 muscles, our body is more versatile, varied and intricate than any machine ever made.  Even raising an eyebrow – a small movement - requires the coordination of all of the fifty muscles and fourteen bones that make up the human face.

The brain, which coordinates the body’s movements, is especially complicated and intricate, with billions upon billions of cells. Performing many actions simultaneously, it controls our heart rate, ensures that we breathe regularly, keeps our body at a stable temperature, and decodes messages sent by our senses - all as we are engaged in other activities such as playing games, learning or reading. Talk about multi-tasking!

Did you know that over half of our bones are concentrated in our hands, wrists, ankles and feet?  Did you know that our spines as well as our tongues have taste receptors, and that messages passing through the nerves in our spinal cord are faster than a NASCAR racer on a track?

Did you know that our bodies contain “killer cells”?

No doubt about it: the human body is fascinating as well as amazing! This informative question-and-answer format book is accompanied by humorous illustrations on each page.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.

Do You Really Want to Visit Mars?Do You Really Want to Visit Mars?  by Thomas Adamson, 24 pages.
@SPL:  J 523.43 Ada

What could fire up the imagination more than the idea of visiting another planet, such as Mars?

But wait! Before you start packing, there are a few things to know about this faraway planet.

It will take you eight months to reach Mars. Think of all the things you might miss during that time – birthday parties, time with your friends, vacations with your family (and homework)! And, of course, it will take another eight months to return to Earth.

When you finally reach Mars, you’ll want to explore the planet in your hovercraft. You’ll see some fascinating formations, such as huge canyons and volcanoes. Don’t expect to find any places to play or swim, however. There are no lawns, trees or pools – it’s too cold on Mars for swimming anyway - but there IS lots and lots of dust!

In fact, large dust storms are frequent here, sometimes covering the entire planet.

After a while, it might begin to get a little lonely on this distant planet, because no one lives here - as far as we know!

Thomas Adamson’s brief but informative look at our closest neighbor in space, colorfully illustrated, clearly separates fact from fiction for young readers.

** Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years.

This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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