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Annotation:Destined to be toted in school backpacks everywhere, DK's new encyclopedia series for young readers contains on-the-spot information in children's favorite subject areas. Kids love facts: they want to know about the biggest, fastest, tallest, and oldest everything. Full of instant information, these books feature a fresh and striking design that is sure to appeal to the middle-grade audience. These single-subject guides offer a unique catalog-style presentation, which clearly lays out individual subcategories with concise and punchy text covering all of the essential information on whatever topic is at hand. Arranged into chapters on bones and joints, blood and heart, lungs and breathing, digestion and waste, brain, nerves and senses, and the life cycle, Pocket Genius: Human Body is a look at the body from head to toe, from the outer skin to the tiniest cells.
Annotation:Finally! A book that makes blood and the circulatory system understandable. With succinct, evocative and unfailingly interesting answers, Faith Hickman Brynie answers such questions as "Does my heart get tired?"; "Is heartburn really heart burn?"; "What is blood poisoning?"; and more.
Annotation:Discover how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together to keep us alive through a process called cellular respiration. Learn about the components of our blood, and how the heart pumps the blood through the vessels.
Annotation:Your hardworking heart started beating eight months before you were born and continues to beat about one hundred thousand times a day. "By the time you're seventy years old, it will have beaten about 2.5 billion times." Find out the story behind each beat on a journey through the body's circulatory system.
Annotation:Teaches kids that, in order to be of use to our cells, food needs to be broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. This is the job of the digestive system, a complex series of tools that includes teeth, saliva, bile, acids and enzymes designed to reduce nutrients to a form that can be delivered to cells. But just as trash must be taken out at home, waste products and indigestible materials must be removed from the body.
Annotation:Students learn that infectious diseases are caused by microscopic foreign invaders called pathogens, while noninfectious diseases can be due to a variety of factors that include heredity, environment, or lifestyle choices. Viewers get a close-up look at the immune system's three lines of defense: protective barriers like skin and mucus, the inflammatory response, and the lymphatic system.
Annotation:Why is it important to chew your food? Can you guess how long it takes for food to travel through your body? Could you possibly have twenty feet of small intestines? Where does that bad-smelling gas come from? Your digestive system is out of sight and out of mind -- until things don't go right. Then you may wonder how these important organs work! You'll find the answers in Seymour Simon's smooth, well-organized, and fascinating introduction to the digestive system.
Annotation:Acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution on a new edition of this indispensable guide that takes you through the heart, from atrium to capillary and back again.