It's science. It's nature. It's fascinating.


From skin and bones to our senses, and blood and brain to various internal systems. This illustrated nonfiction book explains each "piece" of the human puzzle and provides context by comparing and contrasting it with other species in the animal kingdom. 

Parent Perspective:
Fascinating. We've read many kid-oriented human anatomy books in our house, and this is probably one of the best I've seen. Like other books, you don't have to read the book in page sequence and can move around the body by part or system. Other books have shown anatomical history (or evolution if you prefer). But what sets this book apart is how effectively it illustrates, contrasts, and compares homo sapiens with other animal species  including many creatures beloved by kids. 

The presentation is easy to understand, and even though each page is uber-packed with content, they don't feel overwhelming. The colorful illustrations are sure to draw younger readers into asking "what's that?" and wanting to know more about what is being explained. The palette is almost calming. That won't make sense unless you read it, but it is true.

Reproduction is covered, but sex is not. The illustrations related to the reproductive process are pretty matter-of-fact and take out the "titillating" factors kids in this audience group (10 to 12) love to giggle over. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

An excellent choice for introducing human biology to upper-elementary children. The book takes a scientific approach and walks right past the "yuck" and the "voyeuristic" factors kids love to bring to anatomy discussions. 

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is an illustrated nonfiction book that teaches human anatomy and contrasts it with other animals.
Educational Themes:

On its cover, this looks like many other nonfiction anatomy books, but the author looks at body parts not usually discussed in other books (eyelashes). Use the illustrations to let kids lead the way on what interests them the most and look at those pages. 

The contrasts with other members of the Animal Kingdom create opportunities for discussion and questions about other species that fit the description. The detailed contrasts and comparisons create opportunities for more research, particularly as it relates to video and some of the animal behaviors.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow unless your child is into biology and plans to be a doctor or veterinarian.

Title The Human Body at a Glance
Author Christina Paraboni
Publisher White Star Kids, Imprint White Star s.r.l. © 2019
Illustrators Giulia De Amicis
ISBN 9788854415287
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Science
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