Reviews for Muscular and Skeletal Systems

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Parker's texts offer information on body systems, but the accompanying visuals have problems. The same diagrams and sidebars are used across volumes, not always logically (e.g., a trachea diagram accompanies a spread on the stomach; a blurb about asthma is included in Nervous and Circulatory--which also covers the respiratory system despite its title). Many graphics are not labeled, merely decorative, or too small. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Inside the Human Body titles: Circulatory System, Digestive and Reproductive Systems, Muscular and Skeletal Systems, and Nervous System.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

Gr 6-8--At a glance, the striking covers and multitude of visual elements in these books will attract browsers but upon closer inspection serious readers will be frustrated. The main narratives are too short for in-depth treatments. Some terms are not explained and multi-faceted topics, such as the human reproductive and endocrine systems, are glossed over. Diagrams and visuals are sometimes poorly placed or indecipherable. Labels are insufficient and hard to read. A limited glossary, an index with unreliable entry points, and a scattered collection of facts in sidebars and photo captions provide little support for the main texts.

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