Inside our bodies are many organs and vessels, all grouped into systems that keep us running. How do they interact? What, exactly, are they made out of? And why is it so important to eat right, exercise, and take care of our bodies? Nancy Winslow Parker uses colorful scientific drawings, surprising facts, and engaging anecdotes to explain the anatomy and function of our vital organs.
Short sections cover seven of the human body systems plus organ transplants and ancient Egyptian funeral customs. Brief narratives (e.g., Uncle Wilmer's pain in his right side turns out to be appendicitis) and kid-friendly descriptions (the brain has "a cover like a latex bathing cap or a rind of an orange") will hold upper-elementary-school readers' interest. Candy-colored cartoonlike illustrations add humor. Websites. Glos., ind.