We love the Knowledge Encyclopedia range from DK and this one – The Human Body is brilliant. I bought if for my daughter and she has read and re-read it multiple times. She requested a book all about the human body but wanted one that was visual and not over-simplified and too be honest I was a bit lost on which book to buy her. But based on seeing some of the other Knowledge Encyclopedia’s at the library I took a chance and bought her this one and I am thrilled with it. It is everything we could have wanted and more.
In true DK style the pictures are incredible with some mind-blowing detail. But I also really like the fact that they do not shy away from using the correct words and terms, nothing is “dumbed-down”, they tackle some complex questions and do so in a concise manner.
Everything is presented in double-page spreads often with one main picture and then blocks of information, smaller pictures and details surrounding the main image. The blocks of writing and use of images means the reader is not overwhelmed by long, confusing paragraphs.
So what does it cover?
The book is broken down into 8 main sections – Body Basics, Body Systems. Head and Neck, Chest and Back, Arms and Hands, Abdomen and Pelvis, Legs and Feet and Body Science.
A logical way to order the topics and one that seems to make sense to the kids. I really appreciated that they included a body systems section, purely because this is the way I like to deal with human biology in our home learning. I just think it makes sense to look at all the bones together or all the organs in the digestive or respiratory system together.
And those small blocks of extra information are like gold when it comes to home learning. They are that extra bit of information that helps to cement everything and often just adds an extra something that makes it a bit more fascinating for kids who enjoy learning about the human body and how it works.
I think this is a great book to add to anyone’s bookshelf and we have found it brilliant to read and use alongside our Biology learning activities.
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