Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 2: The Circulatory System

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Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 2: The Circulatory System


Worsley, Jean, Science and Children


By Gomodori Co. and Hyun-Dong Han. $17.95. 173 pp. No Starch. San Francisco. 2013. ISBN: 9781593274726

In this volume of the series Survive! Inside the Human Body, readers are invited to begin a fun-filled science adventure through the circulatory system. The author refers to this system as the pumps and pipes of the human body that work constantly to keep us alive.

The cast consists of Dr. Brain, inventor of the microscopic ship SS Hippocrates; Geo, a curious hero; Kay, a medical student; and a friend, Phoebe. When Dr. Brain and Geo are trapped in the SS Hippocrates in Phoebe's circulatory system, the facial expressions, exclamatory words, movements, questions, and comments will cause the cast to come alive for readers. They will be mesmerized by each episode in the book as they learn how the circulatory system constantly responds to various activities performed and to injuries. At the end of each chapter is a concise summary with relevant facts and diagrams. Frames consisting of colorful, action-filled pictures, diagrams, and concise narratives provide in-depth information about the structure and function of the heart, kinds of blood vessels, types of blood cells, and composition of blood. Also, the evolution of the heart in vertebrates is clearly illustrated.

Just think of the skills needed to navigate the ship when faced with a powerful heartbeat, the rapid flow of blood, white blood cells eager to engulf it, and blood clots. …

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