Grosset & Dunlap | February 1995
Co-author: Sylvia Funston
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 This book takes a slightly different approach to a familiar subject. Funston and Ingram give a brief description of how the brain and senses work, and then encourage readers to explore their own faculties. The text is divided into four sections?senses, emotions, memory, and thinking and subdivided by topics. A double-page spread is devoted to each one, beginning with an introductory paragraph or two, followed by a "Try this" experiment or exercise and/or a "brain bender" to solve. The experiments are interesting, and not the run-of-the-mill activities found in numerous other volumes. Incidental facts about animals, such as that a praying mantis has a special ear that listens only for the hunting cry of a bat, or why a frog prefers the color blue, are often included. Information and illustrations are scattered about the spread, with incidental paragraphs boxed and highlighted. Full-color watercolor cartoons, drawings, and photographs add to the presentation. The material is clearly written, somewhat conversational in tone, and should appeal to most readers. A general diagram of the brain, answers to the "brain benders," and a full index are appended. Sure to be popular with browsers and budding scientists. Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
An interactive volume discusses the brain's role in thoughts, dreams, senses, emotions, and memories, utilizing an accessible, magazine-style format that combines factual text with cartoon-like artwork.