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Bones: Skeletons & How They Work

Bones: Skeletons & How They Work

Fall 2010 Non-Fiction
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Steve Jenkins
ISBN: 9780545046510
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Especially suited for younger readers who want to bone up on human and animal skeletons, this 48-page examination of all things skeletal shows that, in the world of science and anatomy, beauty isn't simply skin deep. The book's thick, glossy pages are filled with simple illustrations of a variety of bones-from an alligator's shoulder blade to a dog's rib, to a turtle pelvis. The text is easy-to-read though a bit dry. Simple and in large print, it offers a beginner's primer on bones.

The book does best when author Steve Jenkins delves into cross-species bone structure comparisons. Examining human arm structure in juxtaposition with that of a mole, a spider monkey and a fruit bat, proves both bizarre and enlightening.

Jenkins slips in plenty of off-hand facts that'll keep youngsters entertained. Readers learn that the human hand has twenty-seven bones, one more than the number of bones in the human foot, that snakes have more ribs than any other creature, and that giraffes and humans have the same number of neck bones. It's a potpourri of bone-related facts, stories and science.

Don Oldenburg   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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