|Your amazing skin from outside in|
Author: Settel, Joanne
Amazing skin is a nonfiction picture book of poems about skin. It takes a witty, scientific look at all types of questions kids have--why do I blush? Why do I have freckles? Why do I sweat? etc.--and answers them in a fun, unique, and informational way.
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 3–6—Settel offers detailed information about skin. Most of the facts are about human dermis layers and their functions, but some unique animal skin features are also explained. Melanin, blood clots, sweat, freckles, sunburn, fingerprints, and more are all described in clever rhyming verse that reads nicely. "Where a mosquito lands depends/on who among your nearby friends/gives off the sweat that carries more/of what these pests are looking for." The poems are sometimes accompanied by informational text. Different fonts distinguish the speakers when the poems include a question-and-answer structure. All spreads include comical and enlightening cartoon illustrations, including some excellent cross sections, which add to the light humorous approach to the biological information. Readers are likely to hope for more of these anatomy lessons and poems from Settel. Educators will appreciate the opportunity to talk about nonfiction text features and formats while teaching health and science. VERDICT This equally informative and entertaining combination of poetry and anatomical science is a fine addition for libraries serving middle grade readers.—Elaine Fultz, Madison Jr. Sr. High School, Middletown, OH - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2018 Few would think to form rhymes with the terms collagen, melanocytes, and sweat glands, but Dr. Joanne Settel, aka Dr. Jo, gives the skin-ny on humans’ largest organ through a series of amusing yet highly informative rhymes. Starting with skin basics, such as its purpose, make up, and many layers, she continues with shades of skin, including blushing, tanning, and freckles, and how skin changes, from raising goose bumps to wrinkling when wet to getting downright sweaty. Other sections cover how cuts, bruises, and scabs form; what happens to skin attacked by mosquito bites, sunburn, and viruses; and such skin blemishes as pimples, blisters, and warts. “Cool Facts” about related skin topics are interspersed throughout each section, and bolded terms are defined in a detailed glossary. Many facts spotlight animal differences (e.g., polar bears have white fur but black skin to absorb heat better). Dr. Jo also emphasizes healthy skin care, especially wearing sunscreen. Squiggly, cartoonlike illustrations highlight the humor and depict occasional skin diagrams. Children will pore over this inviting look at their skin. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.