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HUMANATOMY by Nicola Edwards, George Ermos & Jemima Maybank

HUMANATOMY How the Body Works is a fabulous, sturdy, non fiction picture book that introduces children to the major organ systems in our bodies. Each system is introduced through stunning, well labelled illustrations and informative text which also addresses questions that readers may have. It’s an amazing resource for helping children (and adults) understand more about how their bodies work.

HUMANATOMY introduces us to eight body systems. A fold out skeleton inside the front cover introduces each individual system and numbered labels explain particular parts, for example, spinal cord, right ventricle, trapezius. This skeleton is fascinating in itself but then each system is explained in a double spread which shows a detailed illustration as well as explaining how it works using easy to read text and smaller diagrams.

An introduction looks at how our systems work together before moving into the more detailed double spreads. There is also a look at how our immune system works and an explanation about our DNA. A list of useful words can be found at the end of the book, many which were also unfamiliar to me.

There are so many fascinating facts included in this wonderful book. Explanations about why a bruise turns different colours, what makes us burp and fart and where does pain come from were particularly interesting. Some facts were also linked to other creatures – did you know that lobsters communicate by squirting wee into each others’ faces or that rhino horns are made of keratin like our fingernails?

The illustrations are bold, colourful and well labelled and the book acknowledges the fact that, due to space, it can only show two different skin tones and hair types. Pictures of male and female bodies are shown where there are differences in anatomy. Detailed illustrations coupled with short, easy to read texts show specific body parts, for example, the eye, a tooth and the bladder. Even more detailed illustrations show what blood is made of, how skin heals itself after a cut and how broken bones heal.

HUMANATOMY would make a fabulous addition to a school or home library and would be a great resource to use for a topic on bodies in a Key Stage Two classroom. It provides answers to so many questions that children may have about their bodies and how they work and really is the most amazing learning resource – although not just for children, I learnt lots too!

Author: Nicola Edwards / Illustrators: George Ermos & Jem Maybank

Thank you to 360 Degrees for sending us a copy of this fascinating book.

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21 responses to “HUMANATOMY by Nicola Edwards, George Ermos & Jemima Maybank”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    This book sounds fab, I’d love to see the fold out skeleton. Also, I’m definitely telling my 5yo about how lobsters communicate! #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m sure that most children will find that lobster fact fascinating!

  2. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    This looks interesting Catherine. This would be perfect to use for a homeschooling session. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, it would be a fabulous resource for a home school session 🙂

  3. Kate Eccles avatar

    Oh this looks brilliant, we have quite a few body books but this one looks very special, another great non fiction choice! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is absolutely fabulous and great for all ages 🙂

  4. Jenni avatar

    This sounds amazing. My daughter loves reading nonfiction books at the minute and this looks perfect for when she is a little older. #triedtested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great non fiction book to dip in and out of.

  5. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    We used to have a body book with flaps. My boys would immediately gravitate to the page, where they could lift the flap to see the poo. I think I would prefer this book instead #readwithme

  6. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds a fascinating book, not just for kids but for adults too! I have no idea why bruises change colour and I want to know now!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is fascinating and has also made me realise how much I don’t know about my own body.

  7. BookBairn avatar

    This looks and sounds like a brilliant book! Some more top non-fiction recommendations! Thanks! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s absolutely brilliant! There’s so much fabulous non fiction being published for children at the moment 🙂

  8. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    I remember having a book about the human body when I was younger but nothing as good as this!! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I learnt so much from this book too. A lot of us take our bodies for granted and often don’t realise how they really work.

  9. Kim Carberry avatar

    I love the sound of this book. My youngest is so interested in things like this and is always wanting to learn more.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think it’s important that children understand how their bodies work and this is a fabulous book for showing them that 🙂

  10. Bella at Dear Mummy Blog avatar

    What a fascinating book and this would be great to read with my mummy to help with school work! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a brilliant book to help with schoolwork 🙂

  11. nic@nipitinthebud avatar

    We love books like this but often body books don’t include the stuff kids are fascinated by – burps and farts! When my son asks me questions I’m always reminded of how little I remember from my biology lessons at school and how much less interesting it seemed with the books we had then. This looks like a great book

    1. Catherine avatar

      How we burp and fart, how much our bladders hold and whether we can drink our own urine are all questions that are answered in the book. It’s perfect for anybody who is fascinated by urine, snot and blood 🙂