Reviews for Controlling the Blood

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 4-6--Well supplied but not over-weighted with specific terms and detail, these surveys present basic information about all of the human-body systems except reproduction. The texts are given roughly equal visual weight on the uncrowded pages with a mix of large color photos (both macro and micro), clear diagrams, framed side boxes, and--a cutesy feature--occasional small smiley or frowny faces. Focusing far more on what can go wrong than what goes right, Fighting Diseases has an alarmist tone (plus a questionable claim that artificial drugs are more effective than natural ones, and, along with incorrectly dubbing the liver the largest organ, the narrative in Controlling the Blood conflicts with a picture illustrating where blood cells are created. The other volumes make acceptable, if unexceptional, supplementary choices.

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