Reviews for Kidneys
Booklist Reviews 2010 September #2
In books from the Body Works series, each double-page spread introduces a new topic, such as the illnesses that affect the major organ discussed or the characteristics and functions of one of its parts. The books' widely spaced lines and very large type suggest a primary-grade audience, but the sometimes-challenging vocabulary makes them more suitable for older readers. The appended glossary of Kidneys defines terms such as acidic and blood vessels, while other terms (dialysis, glomerulus, nephron) are briefly explained in the text. Each page of text faces a full page of clear, colorful illustrations, usually one or two images, which might be photos of children, digital images of the organs or their parts (sometimes highly magnified views), or enlarged cross-sections of them. Though more complete labeling would have been helpful, these vivid images of organs are the most useful feature of the series.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 October
The titles in this series provide simple introductions to body systems and their main components. The text includes terms defined either in the text or in a glossary at the back of each book. A somewhat conversational tone is employed at times to draw readers in, but at other times the text is straightforward definition and description. The font is extra large--maybe too much so; readers may feel at first as if the book is aimed at younger children. The 3D images are intriguing and well-labeled, and so large that they could be shared with an entire class. Each volume ends with a brief index and points students to a title- specific PowerKids Press website that is regularly updated to ensure currency and usefulness. Recommended. Michelle Glatt, Librarian, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.