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Sunday 10 November 2019

Review: The Human Body

The Human Body by Karen Seinor provides an overview of many aspects of the human body, in a way that is clear, concise and interesting. The level of detail is just right - enough to provide a working level of understanding, but not so much as to be overwhelmed by the body's complexities.

Author and teacher, Karen Seinor, writes in an engaging style, with Fun Facts interspersed throughout. Information covers organ functions and how systems interact with each other, as well as clarifying some common myths.

This book provides an overview of the main systems in the body, including the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, skeletal and other systems. The organs covered include brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Some aspects are not covered, e.g. the endocrine system and the male and female reproductive organs.

 Readers can also engage with activities provided in the final pages, including creating, investigating and researching, whilst an index allows location of specific information. Readers wishing to find further information can follow the links provided at the back of the book.

The imagery is particularly effective, with organ locations indicated within faintly outlined blue bodies, contrasted against deep black pages. The effect is to allow readers to gain an understanding of the anatomy via a 3-dimensional, futuristic effect. Some pages demonstrate realistic anatomical images, e.g. sketches of the body with muscles exposed, or a section through a skull to show the brain. These images are entirely appropriate within the context of a book about the human body, but guidance may be required for younger readers. The Human Body is recommended for readers aged 12 and over.

Title: The Human Body
Author: Karen Seinor
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, $19.99
Publication Date: 13 August 2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781921580512
For ages: 12+
Type: Non-fiction