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Guts: Our Digestive System    by Seymour Simon order for
by Seymour Simon
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Having recently gone over the digestive system with my son for high school biology, I was very interested in Seymour Simon's take on Guts. He can always be counted on to make science engaging for younger readers, and the photographs and illustrations here make complex information comprehensible.

Simon begins by telling us that 'The digestive system turns the truckload of sandwiches, milk, salads and pizza that you eat each year into the energy and nutrients that your body needs.' His analogies aid in quick understanding, as in his likening of peristalsis (muscular movement of food down the esophagus) to squeezing a tube of toothpaste. Similarly, a comparison of the movement of villi in the small intestine to 'a field of wheat in the wind' is memorable and catches the imagination.

As always, Seymour Simon does a wonderful job of explaining in Guts exactly what 'You are what you eat' means. Read his science books along with a child - you're both likely to learn something.

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