Sunday, July 8, 2012
Incredible Body, by Stephen Biesty and Richard Platt
Stephen Biesty's Incredible Body
by Richard Platt
illustrated by Stephen Biesty
New York: DK Publishing
Biesty and Platt take the reader on a guided tour of the human body, showing systems in cross-cut and at the cellular level to explain how everything works.
This youth-friendly anatomy book is a wonderful resource for a middle-school science class! The illustrations peel away layers of skin, fat, and muscle to show bone, blood vessels, nerves, and organs within. Captions point out some of the specialized work of each system, and "teams" of figures (blood, muscle, hormones, etc.) represent the main purposes of the organ or extremity. Painters, mountaineers, and switchboard operators are some of the tiny technicians to be found inside Steve's body -- if you look closely, you might even see a roller-skating elephant! By the time children are old enough to realize that no one actually has miniature people climbing through their veins and nerve endings, they'll appreciate the illustrations, but the actual information about anatomy and biology will be most helpful to 6th-8th graders.
Media: pen and ink, colored pencil