Life on Earth: Human Body: With 100 Questions and 70 Lift-flaps! by Heather Alexander and Andres Lozano
|Life on Earth: Human Body: With 100 Questions and 70 Lift-flaps! by Heather Alexander and Andres Lozano|
|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: John Lloyd|
|Summary: Primary colours, and a primary class fully genned up on the biology they might be asking about, all with this interactive volume. Marvellous.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 16||Date: March 2017|
|Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions|
|External links: Author's website|
I wonder how much time I've saved in not being a parent – and therefore not having had to answer such pesky questions as why is the sky blue, where did I come from, where does my wee come from, what is earwax, and why do I have a spleen? Still, apart from the first two, those questions and the answers to them and more are in this book, which is a lovely primer for biology, and a great source of quick facts for the very young, all presented with an addictive lift-the-flap approach.
The very first page itemises the body parts, with a caption-heavy cartoon of a girl walking down the street. Lift the huge flap that she is printed on, and you don't get her innards as you might expect, but secret, bonus questions and answers. But turn the page just once, past the workings and parts of the head, and you get to our inner regions – skeletons, muscles, organs – you know, all those relevant parts that most of us possess and about which you should want your child to be inquisitive (to a point…). One sheet surprised me in giving just two flaps when the norm feels like five or six, and the design generally prints the answer to the question on the underside of the flap, while there is a relevant extra picture revealed below everything – the inner structure of a bone, nerve endings responding to a pencil jab, etc.
Certainly not every factoid comes with a flap, but heck – there are a lot of both. The book has been so well constructed the flaps are a little reluctant to come up at first, but it's good that things here gave the impression of being long-lasting. There is a lot to learn, remember and test a young audience on here, and this series looks a seriously good investment. Heck, in telling me the difference in follicles that decides whether a hair is straight or curly, it taught me something. So I'll ignore the 36 months and plus emblem on the back, and just say these are great for any educator. Using primary colours and no-nonsense, all-inclusive design decisions and illustrations, they are pretty much flawless. I did think of a body part that comes in pairs that they don't mention when asked, but heck – what are lungs for anyway? Oh yeah, now I know…
I must thank the publishers for my review copy.
To step up an age bracket, you would need the likes of The Human Body in 30 Seconds by Anna Claybourne.
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