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Monday, October 7, 2013

Bone by Bone by Sara Levine

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons
By Sara Levine; Illustrations by T.S. Spookytooth
Millbrook Press. 2013
ISBN: 9780761384649
Grades 1 up
I borrowed this book from my local public library.

Have you ever wondered what we would look like if we didn’t have any bones? 
This humorous nonfiction picture book asks readers to imagine how human skeletons are similar, yet different, from other animals. Levine asks what kind of animal would you be if  “your vertebrae didn’t stop at your rear end but kept going?” or “What kind of animal would you be if we took away your leg bones but kept your arm bones? “ HINT: we’d also move your breathing hole from the front of your face to the top of your skull. Can you guess what you’d be?
Different fonts differentiate the questions from the answers and further science facts. T.S. Spookytooth’s full color illustrations are humorous as they show just how we would look without arms, legs, or with 10 extra vertebrae in our necks. (Think giraffe).
Back matter includes more facts about bones, more facts about vertebrates, a glossary, and a list of books and website for further reading.
A fun way to learn facts about skeletons.

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