Big Head: A Book About Your Brain and Your Head

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9780679890188: Big Head: A Book About Your Brain and Your Head

Take a revealing and fascinating tour of your head and brain as you peel back the layers of your skin and skull and discover the complex organ that makes you you! Learn about parts of your brain and what they do for you--find out how you think, learn, feel, and remember. Life-size illustrations and special acetate pages give a detailed closeup look at the brain's structure. Informative sidebars provide fun facts and easy brain experiments, such as how to weigh your own head! This is a wonderfully illustrated, easy-to-understand, and accessible study of the amazing head and brain.    

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A marvelous book about the human brain and head, with spectacular life-size illustrations and see-through pages. Under discussion are the special features of the neck, skull, spinal column, brain, as well as sensory organs of the skull, including eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. The brief text is packed with detail, logically organized around useful and descriptive headings, such as ``Balance and Coordination: The Cerebellum'' and ``Brain Filter: The Reticular Formation.'' Appropriate for a book on the brain, there's plenty to think about on every page, and every part of the brain is illustrated with a full-color, labeled drawing. Clear plastic overlays offering pictures of both the inside and outside of brain sections make this of visual interest to younger readers, while teenagers will find the wry text appealing and informative. The cover painting guarantees that the book will fly off the shelf. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Booklist:

Gr. 5^-7. Rowan briefly considers the function and structure of the eyes, ears, and neck, but she focuses mainly on the brain, providing humorous and intriguing asides and a few simple experiments as well as some useful, concisely presented information. The visuals, especially the large, easy-to-see cutaways of the parts of the brain, will be exceptionally useful, and the few judiciously placed overlays are used to good effect. The format, however, leaves something to be desired: the numerous blocks of white space are puzzling, especially given boxed insets with uncomfortably small print. And there's not a strong sense of how the factors discussed relate to one another. Seymour Simon gives a more cogent overview of the brain and nervous system in The Brain (1997), but the illustrations here will be of more use to students, and Rowan's coverage is more inclusive. Stephanie Zvirin

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