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Author: Mary K Corcoran

Illustrator: Jef Czekaj

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Publisher: Charlesbridge, ©2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: With understandable and humorous text, we learn the basics of the circulatory system - the systemic, pulmonary and coronary circuits that make our body work. The child accompanies a small drop of blood as it makes its way through the system. Along the way he'll learn about how the body combats disease, performs gas exchanges and fights plaque. This nonfiction picture book is a Junior Library Guild selection.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 and up

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend shared this with her eight-year-old daughter who found it interesting. She really enjoyed the illustrations.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the cartoon art was perfect for the subject matter and the material the author included was ideal for a solid introduction to the heart and circulatory system and how it works.

Pros: Besides the excellent illustrations the factual information and the glossary make this more than just a entertaining picture book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book I would buy, especially in the paperback version.

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Educational Themes: The cartoon-like illustrations take away some of the "yuck" factor that can pops up with young students learning biology. The story and glossary combine to offer great information in a format that helps kids remember basic anatomy.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, anatomy, biology, health

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