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Human Body: A Visual Encyclopedia Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 43 user ratings
ISBN:1465473580
LANGUAGE:English

" Amazing, larger-than-life pictures. " said.

" Cool images. I liked how well-explained everything was. " said.

" This over-sized book provided color pictures of all functions and parts of the human body. " said.

" I love these big, colorful, educational books. I'm spoiling my nephew this year " said.

" Covers bones, the brain, skin, bacteria, organs, growth, muscles, blood and more!Appealing diagrams, photos and illustrations.Quiz in front with answers available.Human body facts and figures on pages 58-59.Glossary and index in the back. " said.

"Colorful, Informative and Entertaining Resource …

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free copy of the book.

I have yet to perceive any of the Smithsonian DK visual encyclopedia volumes as being substandard. I’ve been collecting them for years and find them serving as invaluable educational resources that appeal to adults and children alike. The HUMAN BODY! Is another fine example of balancing ample visual material with informative text that is never verbose.

Although the general description of this book states it is aimed at children (grades 4-7) and the exclamatory title seem to support this, I found this particular volume suitable for adults as well. At no point did I find anything provided in this volume “childish” in nature, unless the lack of elaborate text defines adult level material these days. Considering the subject matter, I couldn’t imagine WANTING to read more elaborate explanations of such a broad matter unless I was in med school. Sometimes you want basic information for a better understanding and visual reinforcement makes it easier to understand and remember.

At slightly over 200 pages, this coffee table-sized volume covers a lot of ground. As usual with DK books, this volume starts with the basics and explains what comprises a body by detailing cells and DNA. A brief summary of the life cycle is explained in two pages … most every topic addressed in this book is limited to no more than two facing pages. Following this essential background information, the book provides a concise overview of the body’s systems and structures before breaking down various regions of the body in greater detail. Obviously, the material covered is scientific and complex, but the book’s presentation is eye-popping, inviting and most importantly, concise. Each page of the book is filled with colorful images (mostly renderings, but there are actual photos peppered throughout) that fully illustrate a multitude of interesting facts, processes and explanations. HUMAN BODY! covers most every facet imaginable without straying too far into other territories that probably deserve their own DK volumes (disease, reproduction, etc.). I didn’t find any of the material too mature for upper elementary school aged children to comprehend … although I’m sure the realistic artwork detailing the digestive tract functions will trigger a “yuck!” or giggle from most kids.

Staying true to most all the DK volumes I own (regardless of the age group the volume is aimed), the manner in which the material is presented is what captivates and keeps things interesting. As stated previously, rarely (if ever) do you have to flip a page to get more information. The standard is two pages … if a topic requires two pages, it will most always be shown in entirety on facing pages. If there is a lot of material to present, there will be an abundance of insets, informative details and graphics grouped on those two pages. With that being said, even the most elaborately detailed pages never come across as congested or confusing.

I feel this is a common-sense themed book that thoroughly covers basic information without skimping or presenting itself as too laborious to sift through. It invites people to sit down and turn the pages. I would consider HUMAN BODY! as a worthy addition to the family library … it’s a book that should be beneficial to all.
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" Amazing, larger-than-life pictures. " said.

" Cool images. I liked how well-explained everything was. " said.

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