The Human Body: Uncovering Science by Chris HawkesThe Human Body: Uncovering Science by Chris Hawkes

The Human Body: Uncovering Science

byChris Hawkes

Hardcover | July 30, 2013

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What do the kidneys do? How does the immune system work? Why do we sneeze?

This book helps readers understand what goes on inside the human body. It covers every aspect of what makes us function, from the oxygen we breathe to the blood our hearts pump to how we smell, taste, think, and feel. Incredible cutaway illustrations show the body's various organs and systems while descriptive text and sidebars reveal the body's secrets.

Four acetate overlays feature:

  • The Human Body: cutaway views show all the body's systems
  • The Brain: sliced views of the command center
  • Food as Fuel: inside the stomach
  • New Life: from a 4-week embryo to a full-term fetus.

The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail.

Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

Chris Hawkes is also author of All About Dogs. Chris Hawkes
Title:The Human Body: Uncovering ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:52 pages, 12 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554071356

ISBN - 13:9781554071357

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value Great price and our son is enjoining it, nice ilustrations
Date published: 2014-01-18

Read from the Book

Introduction Human beings are extraordinary creatures. Millions of years of evolution have seen the emergence of a race with remarkable capabilities. We can recognize and react to things without even realizing that we are doing so. All the time, hundreds of functions are going on inside our bodies to ensure that we continue to function efficiently. We have an incredible network inside us that carries blood to all parts of the body and, with it, food and oxygen to give us all the energy we need. We can clean our blood, resupply it with all the nutrients it needs and replace old cells. Life-giving blood is pumped around the body by an extraordinary muscle called the heart, which beats up to 100,000 times a day -- usually without us even noticing. We have an extraordinarily complex operating system called the brain, which controls everything we do. It allows us to interpret and respond to everything that goes on around us, and coordinates all the functions that go on inside the body. It has the ability to recognize over 1,000 smells and 10,000 colors. It can remember languages, faces and sounds, and allows us to experience emotion and think with reason. We have the ability to take oxygen from the air around us for use inside our bodies. When we eat, we take all the nutrients we need from food and expel anything that we do not need. We also have the ability to create new life to ensure that the human race continues to survive. We have an army of cells -- the immune system -- that fight any hostile invaders from the outside world. The immune system works so efficiently that the only time we know it is there is when something goes wrong and we become ill. This book will help you to understand what is going on inside your body a little bit better. It covers every aspect of what makes you function properly and will certainly make you realize how special the human body really is.

Table of Contents


The Human Body
Building Blocks: Cells and Membranes
The Bare Bones
The Outer Layer
The Brain
The Nervous System
Pumping Blood
The Breath of Life
Eyes and Ears
Taste, Touch and Smell
Chemical Controls
Food as Fuel
The Intestines and the Liver
The Kidneys
Reproductive System
New Life: Pregnancy and Birth
Genes and Stages of Life
When Things Go Wrong


Editorial Reviews

Wonderfully entertaining...brilliantly detailed, full-color interesting and beautiful book.