Reviews for Muscular and Skeletal Systems

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Parker's texts offer information on body systems, but the accompanying visuals have problems. The same diagrams and sidebars are used across volumes, not always logically (e.g., a trachea diagram accompanies a spread on the stomach; a blurb about asthma is included in Nervous and Circulatory--which also covers the respiratory system despite its title). Many graphics are not labeled, merely decorative, or too small. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Inside the Human Body titles: Circulatory System, Digestive and Reproductive Systems, Muscular and Skeletal Systems, and Nervous System.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 October
Every two-page spread in these books focuses on one topic. Text contains overview information for each body system being discussed, and provides encyclopedic information which will be useful in research assignments. "Instant Facts" include quick tidbits like how many cups of food the stomach can hold or how much air always stays in the lungs. "Health Watch" includes information on illnesses and diseases related to the relevant area of the body. "In Focus" features macro-imagery and other images of anatomically correct body parts. Suggested activities and experiments are scattered throughout, as are clearly detailed scientific diagrams and explanations. While the books are just plain fun to look at they also provide enough information to be used by students working on assignments, reports, and projects. Kathryn Tvaruzka, Assistant Professor, Education Librarian, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 6-8--At a glance, the striking covers and multitude of visual elements in these books will attract browsers but upon closer inspection serious readers will be frustrated. The main narratives are too short for in-depth treatments. Some terms are not explained and multi-faceted topics, such as the human reproductive and endocrine systems, are glossed over. Diagrams and visuals are sometimes poorly placed or indecipherable. Labels are insufficient and hard to read. A limited glossary, an index with unreliable entry points, and a scattered collection of facts in sidebars and photo captions provide little support for the main texts.

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