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The Circulatory Story
ISBN: 9781580892087
Author: Corcoran, Mary K./ Czekaj, Jef (ILT)
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
Published: February 2010
Retail: $17.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Simple, humorous text and comic illustrations explain the basics of the circulatory system-the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circuits. Readers follow a red blood cell on the journey through the body and in the process learn how the body combats disease
Additional Information
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 9.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Reference, Early Elementary, Biology
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
A cartoonish character rides a red blood cell throughout the human circulatory system, examining its major components and their functions. Colorful cartoon illustrations, zany asides, and liberal use of exclamation points fail to lighten the heavy scientific content. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 April)

Gr 2–4—Corcoran attempts to provide a simple, yet humorous explanation of the circulatory system. Her treatment is cursory and requires that readers imagine themselves as a little green imp traveling onboard a red blood cell floating along in a girl's plasma. The narrative often comes across as confusing and unclear. Sections such as "The Arching Aorta" use words in the illustrations that are not explained in the text or in the extensive glossary ("externa," "media," "intima"). The author uses asides, such as "Did you get a charge out of that?" and "Pee-yew! Your red blood cell just passed gas," that detract from understanding the many complicated words that are presented superficially in the text. On the other hand, the digitally colored line illustrations are interestingly detailed and offer a light touch. The font is large and attractively arranged on colorful backgrounds. This book would best be used as a supplement to such titles as Paul Showers's Hear Your Heart (HarperCollins, 2001).—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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