Monday, February 10, 2014

Children's Book Review: You Can't See your Bones With Binoculars by Harriet Ziefert , Illus by Amanda Haley

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This week I'll be sharing some lovely kids books, that are perfect
for Valentine's Day giving, but keep on giving during the year,
and excite their minds!

Up first a new kid's series that welcomes kids' innate curiosity
(our second book review for the series will be on Thursday):

 You Can't See your Bones With Binoculars cover


Fun to read! Easy to understand! It's the Science of You!

You really can't see your bones with binoculars…but you can see them with x-rays! Actual x-rays of real bones overlay the quirky illustrations and an engaging, interactive text take kids through the skeletal system, inviting them to find and feel their own bones.

 You Can't See your Bones With Binoculars sample 1

Clear explanations (fact-checked and approved by a pediatrician), colorful illustrations and humorous analogies make for a fresh look at a familiar topic, sure to have young readers learning one minute and laughing the next. From head to toe (or from cranium to phalanges), Harriet Ziefert and Amanda Haley are sure to teach you a thing or two about anatomy…and tickle your funny bone to boot!

We LOVE this new series! Some of the books are aged 3-5 really, where as other ones, such as this are aimed at older kids and early readers! Miss Grace LOVES science (we've now gone from wanting to be a doctor to being a scientist and solving all the illnesses, so doctors aren't needed as much), so I knew this book would really thrill her! 

 You Can't See your Bones With Binoculars sample 4

Miss Grace LOVED the actual x-rays in this book- the illustration above for example, helped her understand my previous rotator cuff injuries, and why if she pulled my arm a certain way it really hurt! As Papa had had chest x-rays while in hospital, she really was excited about checking those out as well! And of course we had to do a 'Dem Bones' singalong when we got to the page below!

 You Can't See your Bones With Binoculars sample 3

This was a really great book- the illustrations are all kid friendly (and humorous) and the text is as well. The book lets to lots of discussion, and I imagine it will be very helpful when they get to anatomy in science class as well.

If you have an inquisitive kid, check out this book with them!

About the Author:
Harriet Ziefert is the acclaimed author of over 400 books for children. Having earned a Masters degree in Education from New York University, and as a former educator, she knows that you need x-rays, not binoculars, to view bones. Ms. Ziefert is a pioneer in the development and teaching of what today is known as the Common Core Curriculum-and the visionary founder of Blue Apple Books.

About the Illustrator:
Amanda Haley graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Her illustrations can be found on stationery products, greeting cards, wrapping paper, back-to-school items, print ads, magazine articles, and, of course, children's books. She lives with her husband in the Tidewater area of Virginia, high on a bluff overlooking the marshlands.

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