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From head to toe : the amazing human body and how it works
Seuling, Barbara.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2002]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
An introduction to the human body and how it functions, including simple experiments which demonstrate the principles presented.
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 1.0 71592.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 3 Quiz: 33861 Guided reading level: Q.
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QP37 .S489 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A guide to the body's organs and systems.

Author Notes

Barbara Seuling was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 22, 1937. Her career in publishing started when she took a job as a secretary to two editors at Dell Publishing. She later became an assistant before leaving Dell in the early 1970s. She worked at Lippincott for two years before deciding to become a freelance writer and illustrator.

Her first picture book, The Teeny Tiny Woman: An Old-English Ghost Story, was published in 1976. She wrote and illustrated several more picture books and also illustrated picture-book texts for other authors. Her other works included the Freaky Facts nonfiction series and Oh No, It's Robert! She also used her publishing experience to lead small private writing workshops. Her adult nonfiction book, How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published, first released in 1984. She died of complications from cancer on September 12, 2016 at the age of 79.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three titles examine the human body. A 1960s palette and attitude informs From Head to Toe: An Amazing Human Body and How It Works by Barbara Seuling, illus. by Edward Miller. The volume covers bones, muscles, the brain and organs, among other parts, with text that invites a personal connection ("You might think your belly button has no purpose.... It doesn't anymore, but once it was your lifeline") and rainbow colors show internal organs. Humorous sidebars supplement each section; the accompanying experiments (e.g., making a hinge joint out of boxes and tape) are easy to execute. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-The workings of the human body are explained, not from head to toe as the title claims, but through a cumulative voyage through various systems (excluding reproduction). Beginning with the skeleton and progressing through the joints; the muscles; the brain and nervous system; the organs; and skin, hair, and nails, the text gives a clear, age-appropriate sense of how the body accomplishes its daily functions. The illustrations, although cartoonlike and simplified, work well as maps, color-coded and keyed to information so that children are able to navigate the physical body through the text and art. Most systems have an experiment attached-testing taste buds, creating a robotic hand, making a hinge joint or a muscle, seeing a lung work-that can be undertaken in classrooms or alone, with minimum adult supervision. Explanations are clear, straightforward, and breezily conversational; many sections include trivia bullets as interest points. Although without some of the extravagant graphics of some titles in this genre-no flaps, pop-ups, or plastic overlays-this is a welcome addition in a field that, while crowded, is also of never-ending interest.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.