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Human Body Activity Book for Kids: Hands-On Fun for Grades K-3 Spiral-bound – March 26, 2019
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For example, if I were young enough to want to do a 22 dot straight-line “connect the dots” activity of an ice cream cone (an activity for Taste), I would be way too young to comprehend the number in “You were born with about 10,000 taste buds in your mouth.”
If I’m young enough that the simplistic maze activity is interesting to me, I’m therefore way too young to understand the directions to that very same maze: “Help the oxygen O2 get to the alveoli in the lungs.”
This book skips unevenly from worksheets like “circle your favorite flavor below” and “draw a picture of something you touch at home" to academic concepts like “Your brain is just 2 percent of your body weight. However it uses around 20 percent of your energy.”
And a child young enough for these very easy coloring pages will be scared to death by facts like “By the time you finish reading this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and new cells will take their place.”
I can think of no one who is the right age for this book. A child who would like the facts would hate the activities; a child who would like the activities would hate the facts. And I find it bit creepy that all of the human body drawings are the physical proportions of a young child, with its oversize head. A child who still has those proportions has absolutely no business sitting at a table doing worksheets.
It is a complete misnomer when it says these are hands-on activities. This is a book of worksheets, and likely one which some well-meaning adult person will think is cute and "educational," foisting it upon children who are too young for it.
The illustration style is age appropriate: detailed enough to show concepts like cell structure but simplified in an appealing way. The art is color throughout, which makes it more enjoyable than black and white.
The activities are fairly simple and help to break up the written content.
I haven’t seen another book that offers anatomical information in as much detail for this age range. I didn’t want to jump into something designed for later elementary or middle school students without a softer introduction as I was concerned it could be too much information to be successfully engaging (and that more realistic and detailed illustrations might be slightly unsettling to an unprepared child regardless of their interest level).
This book was happily DEVOURED: the activities went quickly and my child loved the “finger sausage” trick.
It’s wonderful that the author was thoughtful enough to fill in the need for this kind of book. The terminology isn’t dumbed down, which is great!
Too many books talk down to kids and fail in engaging their intellectual curiosity. This one succeeds!
If there was another written for slightly older children with more content and detail, that would be great! Come out with a textbook length version! :)