About the Book
Title: The Human Body Detectives: Osteoblasts to the Rescue (Case File #4)
Author: Dr. Heather Manley
Publisher: Independent – Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Summary: Merrin and Pearl are at it again! This time these two young Human Body Detectives are exploring the skeletal system. With the ability to jump in and examine the various systems in the body, Merrin and Pearl’s adventures are fun stories and helpful tools to educate children. In Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Merrin and Pearl navigate their friend, Lily’s, broken arm and learn all about bones. As the fourth in The Human Body Detectives series, Osteoblasts to the Rescue can also stand alone as a book that’s sure to inform, engage, and inspire readers of all ages.
My Thoughts: Osteoblasts to the Rescue is the fourth book in the Human Body Detectives non-fiction book series for young readers, written by Dr. Heather Manley. Not having read any of the other books in the series, I was introduced for the first time to sisters Pearl and Merrin, literally, the “Human Body Detectives” themselves. I found the book to be educational, visually interesting, and filled with fun.
In this book, the sisters travel inside their friend’s body to have a closer look at a fracture in one of the bones in her arm. They begin their adventure in their friend’s spinal column, travel across some ribs toward the sternum, scale the clavicle, and slide down the humerus to the ulna bone where the fracture is located. See? I learned a lot about bones through this book! The book is literally filled with facts about bones; some of which I found fairly complex (e.g., spinal processes and different types of vertebrae) and some that were easier to grasp (e.g., the funny bone is not a bone!) Many of the same facts were repeated at the end of the book in a review of what was covered in the story. I found that very helpful.
The images were all very interesting and the kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures in the book featuring the kids climbing the bones of their friend. Some of the text in the book was highlighted (especially important terms such as “bones”, “206”, “spinal processes”) with a different font color or style. It reminded me very much of the Geronimo Stilton books in that way. There was also a fun activity in the book: “find the osteoblasts hiding in the pictures throughout the book”. My kids had fun finding them all.
There are many add-ons at the back of the book (10 pages worth!) including more information about the skeleton system, information about which foods help build strong bones, a full skeleton with some of the bones labelled, and a list of fun facts. I can see that these would be useful tools for further discussions about the skeletal system – perfect for homeschoolers!
My only question about this book series is about the intended target audience. The book is clearly a picture book, but the word density and complexity is quite high for a picture book. I kept thinking that it is too complex for young children and it presents as too young for older children. That being said, both my kids (my son who is 6 and my daughter who is 10) really enjoyed the book and asked many questions as we were reading.
My Bottom Line: Human Body Detectives: Osteoblasts to the Rescue was a fun and fact-filled story centred on teaching children about the skeletal system. The illustrations and add-ons at the back of the book make this an excellent choice for a range of ages (5+). I would particularly recommend these books to homeschoolers who are looking for educational stories.
*** Human Body Detectives: Osteoblasts to the Rescue (Case File #4) was provided to us free-of-charge by the author through the Osteoblasts to the Rescue Blog Tour organized by Kathy from I am a Reader Not a Writer in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
Author Heather Manley, N.D. I have always been passionate about healthy foods and exercising. Growing up in Toronto, Canada I would exhaust my allowance at the health food store and write school papers on spices and herbs. It was no wonder I found myself studying biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I loved animals as well so I initially focused on wildlife conservation and animal biology, however, with some exposure to naturopathic medicine, this health care philosophy rang true for me. I switched to pre-med and I graduated in 1993. I earned my doctorate at the from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon before moving with my family to Hawaii where I became licensed and continue to practice today.
Everything I learned in medschool came into fruition when my children were born. I realized the importance of teaching them, by example, about healthy food and lifestyle. Telling them what to eat was not enough, so I created and wrote educational adventure stories that explain the physiological systems in the body. Not only did my kids love the engaging and interactive stories but so did their friends.
I love seeing kids have fun learning to understand their bodies and how food helps them run faster and be smarter. My focus is on preventative health. I am passionate about encouraging families to seek the value of a simple lifestyle and offering tools to assist them at being proactive and confident in their daily living. I am constantly inspired seeing people make positive changes in their lives. With my website, I am excited to reach more families in a way that will manifest healthy living.
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