Monday, November 10, 2008

Don't know much biology...

Bunny has a new cool book. She's been really interested in anatomy for the past couple of years, but I had yet to come across a book that seemed both level appropriate and not overly dumbed down while still providing a good sense of how the human body goes together.

This book seems to finally meet what I was hoping for.

It's a nice size: not huge, but large enough to do its job. The figure inside is smaller than a Barbie... about 8 inches tall. Looking closely you can see that as pages are turned, 'layers' of structure are removed. I'd liken it to an onion, but really the layers are more front to back.

This book is marked as for ages 8 and up, but I think a 6 year old can handle the subject just fine. Even if you have not yet broached the subject of reproduction, no worries--there is no male or female specific coverage.

It's nice that the figure is fully detailed on front and back. See the hamstrings? ;)

Bunny was both interested and grossed out when I showed her the intestines. They are kind of oogy...

It's no Gray's Anatomy, but it's pretty good for a small child who wants a cursory understanding of the body. I picked this book up at Costco, and there were also ones on a few animals and even a dinosaur anatomy book that I am considering picking up and keeping for Carter (but out of his reach--little hands would probably wreck this book trying to disassemble it).


Elle said...

This is a cool book. I had the school buy a 3 ft model of the body. The kids have fund pulling apart the organs and looking at the brain and stuff. There's also this really cool books of human anatomy called "Dr. Frankenstien's" human body. It is awesome. It's too big for her (200 pages), but it's awesome.

Elle said...

Oh, one other thing....when I pulled out the intestines on the body, all of the kids groaned and screamed "EWWWWWW!" Yes, fifth graders. :)

Kristianna said...

That is cool to be able to disassemble and put back together the puzzle... :)

Elle said...

Oh, it's very cool. I had as much fun with it as the kids. I'll never forget dissecting a fetal pig in the 9th grade. I thought the intestines were the coolest part of the whole pig.


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