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My Itchy Body    by Liza Fromer, Francine Gerstein & Joe Weissman order for
My Itchy Body
by Liza Fromer
Order:  USA  Can
Tundra, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

My Itchy Body is one of an accessible series of Body Works picture books aimed at ages 6 and up (other titles include My Healthy Body and My Achy Body). These books are written by Liza Fromer and Dr. Francine Gerstein, and playfully illustrated by Joe Weissmann.

The authors start by defining an itch and then looking at its possible causes. They include Dry Skin (and what can make it dry); and Skin Inflammation - Contact Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Hives, Bites and Infestations, Infections (like chicken pox), Internal Illnesses, and Stress. Medical terms are injected where appropriate, each tagged as MT, and there's a Glossary at the back of the book.

Interspersed throughout are Fun Facts (like 'Some people even get hives from the sun or from exercising'); True or False? questions to answer (such as 'Your skin is your body's suit of armor against bacteria'); and informative Doctor says paragraphs (such as 'The best time to apply moisturizer is right after a bath or shower, when your skin is still a bit wet.')

Now I didn't know that - adults who read this series along with their children might also learn a thing or two about the body and how it works.

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