Gr 3–6—These titles succeed in demystifying and explaining the science behind common childhood experiences. The body is described as a battlefield where superhero cells work hard as a team to mend a broken bone, fight off plaque, and battle an infection. To this end, many of the vibrant illustrations anthropomorphize various cells and other "battle" participants, making the science explained approachable and easy to understand. Photomicrographs further illuminate the text. These amazing pictures, taken with a scanning electron microscope, are greatly magnified and colored to highlight certain features. Although the information at the close of Earache is perhaps simplistic and overly optimistic in terms of the body's ability to heal itself without the use of antibiotics, all three titles would be good additions to most libraries.—Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY [Page 93]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Describes how the body heals a broken bone, from the nerve responses to the injury to the function of blood in healing the wound.