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One hundred trillion cells, more than 600 muscles, and over 200 bones—these are parts of the twelve major systems that make up the human body. Technological developments have given us a detailed glimpse within our bodies and led to a greater understanding of how we function. Starting with the integumentary system (that's your skin, nails, and hair) and finishing with the reproductive system, the human body covers everything about you—from the outside to the inside. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution on this new book about the greatest wonder of the world: the human body.

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Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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With its square format, striking illustrations, and bold black-on-white or white-on-black type, this book resembles Simon’s earlier volumes on systems of the body such as Guts: Our Digestive System (2005) and The Brain: Our Nervous System (1997). In fact, those books are the source of some material that appears here, sometimes rewritten, sometimes reworded, and sometimes simply repeated. Just as text from those books has been pared down to fit the more limited space devoted to each subject in the new one, some of the related illustrations have been omitted. However, the book includes eye-catching new images and entirely new, clearly written sections of text discussing the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails), the urinary and excretory systems, the lymphatic system, and the reproductive system. A nice addition is the appended guide to the illustrations, though captions near the pictures and labeling on diagrams would have been even more useful to children. Still, a visually striking guide to the human body. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan

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