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School Library Journal - 08/01/2014 K-Gr 2—A concise and appealing introduction to the internal framework of humans and various animals. Beginning with an explanation of the function and purpose of bones, the book continues with facts about bone growth, and the varieties of bones that are found in many different species. Students will especially enjoy the color illustrations of people and animals, featuring an overlay of their skeletons. Comparisons among human and other animal species' skeletons are fascinating. Those looking for more information about the anatomy and physiology of the human skeleton will benefit from such titles as Jody Sullivan Rake's The Human Skeleton (Capstone, 2009) and Louise Spilsbury's The Skeleton and Muscles (Heinemann, 2008).—Lauren M. Sinacore, George M. Davis Elementary School, New Rochelle, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2014 This picture book uses a variety of techniques to show how skeletons support and protect bodies, as well as how they help humans and animals move. The engaging and informative illustrations consist primarily of photos of people and animals overlaid with semitransparent drawings of skeletons, accompanied by explanatory captions, such as, “You would not be able to stand up without your skeleton.” This inside-outside approach is very effective in demonstrating how bones align, move, and work together. Rotner and White’s side-by-side layouts allow for easy comparisons among babies, children, and adults, or among mammals, fish, reptiles, and dinosaurs. They also cover related topics, such as teeth, beaks, and horns; insect and crustacean exoskeletons; tendons and joints; and tips on how to keep bones strong and healthy. Along with the eye-catching photographs, the concise, satisfying text in straightforward sentences offers accessible and age-appropriate context for each picture. This is a good introduction to a perennially fascinating subject, and it nicely complements Harriet Ziefert’s You Can’t See Your Bones with Binoculars (2003). - Copyright 2014 Booklist.