Guts: Our Digestive System

by Seymour Simon Part of the Seymour Simon Science Series

Have you ever considered what happens to food after you swallow it? Wonder no more,... read more

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 a perfect book for medical and science buffs, or any kid with the guts to face the graphic details of their inner workings. (Ages 8–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

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