A Garden in Your Belly

A Garden in Your Belly

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"A Garden in Your Belly's colorful world helped me wake up...This book is as powerful as it is beautiful!" --Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Your belly is full of tiny creatures--and they love to eat! Along the river of your gut, tiny creatures move, eat, and grow. Learn more about the garden of microscopic flora growing inside the body and come on a journey that explains an important biological concept: the microbiome, the health of which affects everything in our bodies. Did you know that some foods are better for your microbiome (and you!) than others? Striking, original watercolor illustrations keep things from getting too gross. Informational back matter goes further into the science of the microbiome and reveals amazing facts about the gut.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 203 x 270 x 10.16mm | 385.55g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1541578406
  • 9781541578401
  • 731,149

Review quote

The bacteria inside the human gut may not be the first thing that comes to mind as a topic for a children's book, but D'yans has made the subject very approachable. The metaphors of a river and a garden are used to describe the intestines and stomach, allowing readers to visualize the microorganisms involved. The text explains how each person's unique mix of microbiota works to fight germs, harvest energy, and even 'influence your thoughts and feelings.' Children are advised to eat healthy foods rather than feed the weeds (the bad microbes). Watercolor illustrations depicting the helpful inhabitants of the 'garden in your belly' show them floating like lotus flowers, leaping like frogs, paddling boats, and talking on telephones. The weeds are rendered in dark colors with jagged teeth. In some scenes, they belch out smoke that chokes the helpers. Back matter balances the whimsical illustrations by offering more detailed explanations of the concepts. There is also a glossary of terms and a page of 'amazing gut facts.' This would be an excellent book to share with a class studying health and nutrition. It could also be suitable for a child who is experiencing gastrointestinal issues and wants to understand what is happening in their own 'garden.' VERDICT A good addition to collections looking to update their biology section.--School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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129 ratings
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3 12% (16)
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