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Author: JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.

Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley

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Publisher: Little Pickle Press, ©2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: During the first ten years of your life your brain is growing, just like you. Each part plays a different role and its up to you to help it be as full as possible. When you find something that's "hard," that's a clue to the part of the brain that needs stretching. This nonfiction picture book dissects the brain by form and function.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read youreself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 7 and up

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "This is awesome, Mom." We thought she was just looking at the book, but when we sat down to read it together, she could tell us information from the pages before we had a chance to read them. Our daughter also loved the sidebar comments from the mice.

Adult Reader Reaction: Absolutely fascinating. There are lots of big concepts but Dr. Deak has brought them into focus for young kids. They can easily grasp the idea of having to stretch and that when something is hard it means you need to spend a little extra focus on it. We don't often comment on the quality of the materials, but they are exceptional and the pages are actually "soft."

Pros: Fun illustrations, humor, and lots of practical examples help kids understand how their brain works ... and how the various parts work together for thinking, motion, and even feelings.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful book that you AND your kids will come back to. It is a definite must-have for school and public libraries.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BRAIN: A 21st CENTURY LOOK AT A 400-MILLION-YEAR-OLD ORGAN   BONES, BRAINS AND DNA; The Human Genome and Human Evolution   THE CIRCULATORY STORY

Educational Themes: This is a wonderful introduction into how our brain works and there are plenty of opportunities to "test" the content with activities from writing to jumping.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, anatomy, science

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011

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