Bone By Bone

Bone By Bone : Comparing Animal Skeletons

4.26 (298 ratings by Goodreads)
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What would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? You'd be a bat! What if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones? You'd be a whale, a dolphin, or a porpoise! This entertaining picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn about how our skeletons are like--and unlike--those of other animals.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 8.64mm | 421.84g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 0761384642
  • 9780761384649
  • 340,864

Review quote

An intriguing combination of questions, answers and playful illustrations presents the comparative anatomy of animals, based on their bones, in an original way, with mixed results.

What if you had no bones at all? What would you look like with bones at the end of your spine? What if your hand bones reached your feet? What animal would you look like? The author, a biologist and veterinarian, has taught children's environmental-education classes as well as college students. Her 'what if' questions are right on target for young learners, connecting them to the subject and extending their imaginations. She covers the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates and some skeletal particulars, but this is more a collection of intriguing points than an organized introduction. Unfortunately, the presentation gets in the way of the information. Questions and explanations appear in both a chunky letterpress and hand-lettered-like sans-serif style; answers are in uppercase; this busy typography won't help fledgling readers. Spookytooth's illustrations use a diverse group of children to demonstrate major points. These pictures add humor, and some are instructive as well, though others are confusing. Side-by-side human and animal skeletons have major parts labeled; later X-ray views are less meaningful. For organized information, Steve Jenkins' Bones: Skeletons and How They Work (2010) is a better choice.

Amusing enough, but there is little intellectual meat on these bones. --Kirkus Reviews

-- "Journal" (9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)
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298 ratings
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