Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway - Osteoblasts to the Rescue by Heather Manley, N.D.

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Osteoblasts cover Osteoblasts to the Rescue   Merrin and Pearl are at it again! This time these two young Human Body Detectives are exploring the skeletal system. With the ability to jump in and examine the various systems in the body, Merrin and Pearl’s adventures are fun stories and helpful tools to educate children. In Osteoblasts to the Rescue, Merrin and Pearl navigate their friend, Lily’s, broken arm and learn all about bones. As the fourth in The Human Body Detectives series, Osteoblasts to the Rescue can also stand alone as a book that’s sure to inform, engage, and inspire readers of all ages.  



As a homeschooling mom, I was very curious to check this book out.  I had seen these Human Body Detectives books on the Homeschool Buyers Co-op before, but I had never  purchased them.  After checking out Osteoblasts to the Rescue, I will definitely buy the rest of the books in the series!

Osteoblasts to the Rescue is a very cute and educational story.  Pearl and Merrin travel into their friend's body in order to explore her skeletal system and discover how her broken arm is healing.  The story is short, but cute and is followed by a non-fiction section of the book that gives more facts about the skeletal system.

What I loved:
  • The educational value.  The book had so much great information about the skeletal system!  I learned a lot from reading it.  I thought it was great that the author used all of the technical terms for everything and didn't dumb the information down too much for kids.  Instead, the technical terms were used and then the author would give the common term to explain it.  I loved that the book got my daughter thinking about her bones and asking questions.
  • The fun story and illustrations.  If this had simply been a non-fiction kids' book about the skeletal system I don't think my daughter would have been very interested.  But, because there was a cute story involved and there were fun illustrations, she was drawn in.  By the time we got to the completely non-fiction part of the book at the end, she was already invested in the story and wanted to know more.  
  • The facts section.  I think it was great that the facts given at the end of the story were interesting and presented in a bullet-point format.  This made it easier for my 9-year-old to digest the information.  I thought it was great that we were given nutrition information on what types of foods would help our bodies.  I also LOVED the illustrations of the skeleton that reinforced what we had already been learning about.
  • The jokes.  At the very end of the book were a list of cute kids' jokes about bones.  Definitely appreciated in my joke-loving family!

What I didn't like:
  • Confusing at first.  While I loved that the technical terms were used and the book explained the skeletal system thoroughly, I was a bit afraid that the information might confuse my daughter at first and I did have to stop and explain a few things to her (or show her on our bodies where certain bones were that they were talking about).  If I had had a print copy of the book instead of an eBook copy, this would not have really been as much of an issue, though, because I would have seen that there was a picture of the skeleton with all of the bones that were being discussed labeled and I could have referred to it more easily (it's harder to do this with an eBook).  After reading the non-fiction section of the book, I think it would be great to go back over the story part of the book and re-read it - I will definitely be doing this with my kids, but we haven't done it yet.
  • Series references.  While this book could definitely be read by itself, I think it would have been nice to have read at least the first book in the series first.  The book explained that the girls are human body detectives and that they can go into people's bodies, but it didn't really explain how or why - I'm guessing that there might have been a bit of explanation in the first book.  We'll definitely be getting it and reading it!
Osteoblasts to the Rescue is a very cute and extremely educational kids book, which I HIGHLY recommend for homeschooling moms or anyone who has kids who appreciate learning about the human body.  We will definitely be getting the rest of the books in this series!  4.5/5 Stars.

heather m    Author Heather Manley, N.D. I have always been passionate about healthy foods and exercising. Growing up in Toronto, Canada I would exhaust my allowance at the health food store and write school papers on spices and herbs. It was no wonder I found myself studying biology at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I loved animals as well so I initially focused on wildlife conservation and animal biology, however, with some exposure to naturopathic medicine, this health care philosophy rang true for me. I switched to pre-med and I graduated in 1993. I earned my doctorate at the from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon before moving with my family to Hawaii where I became licensed and continue to practice today. Everything I learned in medschool came into fruition when my children were born. I realized the importance of teaching them, by example, about healthy food and lifestyle. Telling them what to eat was not enough, so I created and wrote educational adventure stories that explain the physiological systems in the body. Not only did my kids love the engaging and interactive stories but so did their friends. I love seeing kids have fun learning to understand their bodies and how food helps them run faster and be smarter. My focus is on preventative health. I am passionate about encouraging families to seek the value of a simple lifestyle and offering tools to assist them at being proactive and confident in their daily living. I am constantly inspired seeing people make positive changes in their lives. With my website, I am excited to reach more families in a way that will manifest healthy living.
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