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|To burp or not to burp : a guide to your body in space|
Author: Williams, Dave
An informative and humorous look at what happens to your body in space by someone who has been there.
Dr. Dave Astronaut
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2016 Space is replete with scientific mysteries, and a new and exciting field of study involves long-term effects of life in space on the human body. Co-author Williams is an accomplished physician who has been part of several biological research space missions. Nose-picking, toilet habits, and motion sickness are some of the ickier topics that are mentioned, but the clinical and scientific effect of space travel on many of the body’s organs and systems are included. Challenges such as keeping clean and getting rest are daily struggles that impact astronaut health. Several of the photographs included were taken by Williams himself during his time in space, and his personal perspective lends a relatability to the physical discomforts and health consequences of space exploration. A list of books and websites for further reading are included in the end matter. The implications for future space colonies are exciting, and learning about the challenges to the human body present interesting opportunities for STEM-related problem-solving opportunities. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 Gr 2–5—Astronaut Williams will have readers entranced with this short guide to bodily functions in space. Text and photos cover how Williams and his fellow astronauts go about daily life aboard the International Space Station: how they eat, bathe, wash their hair, brush their teeth, dispose of waste, and more. There is a range of information here, from lessons on gravity to the inventive ways astronauts have to buckle in to get a good night's sleep and, yes, go to the bathroom ("It's hard to do your business when you're weightless! That's why space toilets have foot restraints that help us to stay in place."). The text and cartoon illustrations maintain a humorous edge without ever becoming too outrageous. The photos include astronauts and cosmonauts, men and women, working together in positive spirits. VERDICT A great purchase for schools and libraries that serve students interested in space travel and the grosser aspects of life in orbit.—Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.