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David Suzuki and Barbara Hehner. Illustrated by Nancy Lou Reynolds
Toronto, ON: Stoddart, 1987.
96pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-7737-5116-5. Stoddart Young Readers. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Body, Human-Juvenile literature.
Human physiology-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11

Reviewed by Eve Williams.

Volume 16 Number 1
1988 January

Ever wonder why one's soap works? Where the body's thinnest skin is? Dreamed of making rubber bones? Fancied a working model of a lung? Wonder no more. Go out and buy or borrow Looking at the Body. David Suzuki and Barbara Hehner have worked together in the "Looking at" series, and to date all the books in this series are interesting, non-patronizing, full of neat facts and packed with projects students can do. Looking at the Body maintains the quality set by its predecessors. It has a cheerful style and clear explanations; its tone is encouraging, and warnings (when to ask for adult help and intervention) are included. Each of the nine chapters has two sections: a) the explanation, and b) "something to do." The experiments/ projects in "something to do" use ordinary school or household items. Sometimes the chapters have a third section for "Amazing Facts." The chapters deal with cells, skins, bones, muscles, heart, blood, lungs, the digestive system, brain, nerves and how we communicate.

The only slight disappointments of this book are the drawings by Nancy Lou Reynolds. They are workmanlike, but are just a bit flat and do not invite the reader in.

Any elementary school teacher who teaches science should have this book.

Most children would learn something from the experiments, and the scientific "keeners" or gifted children would especially relish these projects.

Eve Williams, Dr. L. B. MacNaughton High School, Moncton, NB.
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