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Guts: Our Digestive System

by Seymour Simon

Published by HarperCollins, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 0-06-054651-4

Ages 8-12

Have you ever considered what happens to food after you swallow it? Wonder no more, as Seymour Simon turns his considerable science writing skills to answering that question. A clear explanation follows food from ingestion to elimination, tracking its passage through the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum. Full-page color endoscopic photographs, x-rays, and computer-generated images give visual access to the internal landscape, including bacterial plaque, stomach mucus, and a dissected pancreas. The author offers concise and comprehensible information, while generating a high level of interest (“The inner lining of the small intestine is about 2,700 square feet, . . . almost the size of a basketball court.”) in the perfect book for medical and science buffs, or any kid with the guts to face the graphic details of their inner workings. (MVL) ©2005 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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