I had my fifth cycle (out of six) of chemo last week, and the week after is always a bit hard since I’m dealing with the side effects of chemo. It didn’t help I went into chemo with a cold that I’m still struggling to fight off. We did manage to get some schooling done this week, though. In particular, we started a new topic on the human body. Three of my weekly wrap-up books reflect the new topic, with a bonus wordless book thrown in for good measure.
There are many books on the human body out there. The difficulty becomes choosing some good ones. I picked out a few that looked interesting from my local library.
Let’s start with Don’t Let the Barber Pull Your Teeth: Could You Survive Medieval Medicine? by Carmen Bredeson. This book is part of the Ye Yucky Middles Ages series composed of several other “Could You Survive” situations. It’s definitely targeted to kids who enjoy a bit of gross-out humor, while still conveying some historical accuracy. You really didn’t want to live back then, let alone get sick. It’s a nice comparison to how things are done today.
Ouch! How Your Body Makes It Through a Very Bad Day by Richard Walker is a bit more scientific, but still pulling in those fascinated with the less savory aspects of our body. It is full of actual images and realistic illustrations of our body at the microscopic scale. The book is a pretty eclectic compilation of how the body works, but we’re using it as a fun addition to our reading this month. The interesting part is you do experience most of the featured activities (sneezing, sweating, bee sting, vomiting, etc.) so it easily translates into real world discussions.
How the Incredible Human Body Works by the Brainwaves by Richard Walker is a book that pulls you in to read just a bit here and a bit there. It is full of little paragraphs about the different parts of the body, and every other page folds out into a giant, four page illustrated spread. There’s even a bit of Where’s Waldo about the book as you look for the blue Brainwave on each page to see what he collected from each body system.
Finally, I’m going to end with a wordless picture book, Journey by Aaron Becker that is a fantastical version of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. It is a beautifully illustrated story that is only more impressive when you consider the fact that it has no words.
And those are the books we used this week!
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