You can't see your bones with binoculars A guide to your 206 bones

Harriet Ziefert

Book - 2003

Text and illustrations, including xrays, provide a guided tour of the human skeleton, encouraging the reader to find and feel each bone as it is described.

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Maplewood, N.J. : Blue Apple Books 2003.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Harriet Ziefert (-)
Other Authors
Amanda Haley (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

K-Gr. 2. In this follow-up to You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03], Ziefert and Haley offer another whimsical introduction to human anatomy for the very young. The lighthearted text takes children on a tour of their bones, showing the connections from skull to toes, all illustrated in Haley's goofy cartoons with X-ray images overlaying each spread's featured bone. The text's attempts at corny humor may be lost on some kids, and the drawings don't always clearly illustrate the more subtle concepts. But Ziefert's enthusiasm is contagious as she encourages children to move from the text to their own skeletons: "Wiggle those toes. Do you see your phalanges move?" A final, labeled skeleton offers all the bones' names on one page. Pair this with Bob Barner's Dem Bones (1996), a more musical introduction to the skeleton, or with Lizzy Rockwell's The Busy Body Book, reviewed above. ((Reviewed December 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

You Can't See Your Bones with Binoculars: A Guide to Your 206 Bones by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Amanda Haley, done in the style of their earlier books (You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear and You Can't Buy a Dinosaur with a Dime), uses humor to deliver information about how the skeletal system works. Ziefert writes, "It is hard to feel your thigh bone, or femur, because it's covered by big muscles, which you need for walking, jumping, and running away from alligators!" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3-5-In a slightly timeworn device, this book uses the old song "Dem Bones" for a tour of the major bones of the human skeleton. While the tone is jokey, information is imparted in a scattershot fashion. For example, in discussing the anklebones: "They do- have neat names like `navicular,' and `calcaneus,' and `cuneiform.' But if you tell your friends you know all this, they will think you are terribly nerdy and won't talk to you for a week." The description of the cervical vertebrae reads, "The topmost neck bone holds up your head. (No, not your cantaloupe, Charlie!) It is called the atlas and is named after the giant who holds the world on his shoulders in a Greek story." A helpful suggestion is to "stop and run your hand along the bone or bones being described." Goofy cartoon illustrations include X-ray inserts for the parts under discussion. The final drawing is of a complete skeleton with the major bones identified, helpful to pull the book together. Seymour Simon's Bones (Morrow, 1998) and Barbara Seuling's From Head to Toe (Holiday, 2002) cover the same material and more; the three could form the beginning of an informative study unit.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Text and illustrations, including xrays, provide a guided tour of the human skeleton, encouraging the reader to find and feel each bone as it is described.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

You really can't see your bones with binoculars...but you can see them with X-rays! Actual X-rays of real bones overlay the quirky illustrations and an engaging, interactive text take kids through the skeletal system, inviting them to find and feel their own bones. Clear explanations (fact-checked and approved by a pediatrician), colorful illustrations and humorous analogies make for a fresh look at a familiar topic, sure to have young readers learning one minute and laughing the next. From head to toe (or from cranium to phalanges), Harriet Ziefert and Amanda Haley are sure to teach you a thing or two about anatomy...and tickle your funny bone to boot!