Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: The Human Body: Lift the Flap and Learn

We received some fantastic books last week from Owl Kids Books.  We will be reviewing them over the coming week.  This first one was an instant hit.  We have read it every day, multiple times each day, since it arrived.  It's our favorite bribe tool of the week ("Come on, it is bedtime - we can read a little 'Human Body' first," "OK, brush your teeth and then we can read 'Human Body'," "No, you can't have fruit snacks for breakfast, but we can look at 'Human Body.'").  If you are a parent, you know that this is high praise for a book.

The Human Body: Lift the Flap and LearnThe Human Body: Lift the Flap and Learn

Publisher description:
The Human Body is an amazing, interactive book that uncovers the mysteries of anatomy and physiology to give young children a rich understanding of their own bodies. The dynamic pull-tabs and flaps complement the simple text and will keep kids engaged as they learn!

Pull a lever to make a bicep grow or lift a flap to see all the bones in a hand. Pull a tab to help food travel through the digestive system and use your fingers to learn all about the sense of touch. From being born to growing tall, from pooping to getting sick and more, this book tackles a number of bodily topics that children are naturally curious about in a forthright and age-appropriate manner.

Packed with detailed information, The Human Body is must-have reference for young children exploring this fascinating topic for the first time!
Interview/Review with the Bibliophile (age 3 years, 5 months)(his answers are in red) --

Do you like this book?

What do you like about it?
I like that it has the flaps.

Does it teach you many things?
Yes.  Like putting the sperm in the woman.  (!!!!!!! - exclamation points from Mama.  More on this later.  It's not as bad as it sounds).  And he only mentioned that because that was the page that was open when I asked him this question.

What else have you learned from this book?
I learned that something is called chicken pox.  It's little red dots.

What is your favorite part of the book?
I like the flaps and when I get to see the chicken pox.

Are there any funny parts in the book?

How about the poop part?  Is that funny?
The pee part is funny.  When I see the little boy peeing.

Do you think other boys and girls would like this book too?

Mom's thoughts -- 
* I really like the book's treatment of conception at the very beginning.  It is simple and to the point, with no frills.  Since it is a sensitive subject, I thought I'd type that paragraph as the excerpt.  Keep in mind that the rest of the book isn't nearly so sensitive - this is the extent of the conception explanation. 
 "It takes a man and a woman to make a baby.  The man puts a tiny seed, called a sperm, in the woman's belly.  The sperm joins with a seed from the woman, called an egg.  Together, the two seeds grow into a baby.  Watch the baby grow in his mommy's belly as the months go by."
I loved this book, and it is going to be one that I recommend often for young kids showing an interest in human health, anatomy, etc.  The illustrations are colorful, fun, and educational.  The text speaks perfectly to its target audience.  We will definitely be reviewing the section on vaccinations again when the Bibliophile is due for another set of "pokes"!

Comment: What are your favorite books about the Human Body?  If you check this one out, come back and let us know what you think about it!

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Christy said...

This book sounds great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My kids love human body books, especially when they have flaps.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Haha, too funny about what IB learned from the book. I have to see if we can find it, since the interest in human body still goes strong here. I can see that interactive book would go over really well here - Anna loves flap books even at her ripe old age of 4.5.

Joyful Learner said...

I've been looking for a book to explain this delicate subject! Thanks for the recommendations!!!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh what a great book! This looks like it's a little bit advanced for my little guy but then again, I guess it's never too early to start learning the basics, right? It also looks like a really great presentation. Fun stuff!

Cristina said...

HAHAHAHA! I may buy this book for that comment alone. :)

MaryAnne said...

Emma is fascinated by the human body, so I'll have to look for this book for her. She really likes the Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body book. There are others she has enjoyed from the library as well, but I don't know what they're called...

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