This book provides a simple, child-friendly introduction to the heart, with clear diagrams and minimal but effective explanations. Children learn the very basics of how a heart works, how blood flows through it, and the role of valves, veins, and arteries. Part of the popular series Let's Read and Find Out Science.
This is a potentially confusing topic for children, but Shower's explanations are crystal clear! Booklist said the book's "open, informal design brings the physiology right into daily life. Factual, accurate, and fun" Teachers will appreciate how the text guides readers through a few hands on activities, like taking your pulse and listening to the heartbeats of others using a cardboard tube stethoscope.
"The illustrations of the structure of the heart are well done, resulting in a good overview for beginning readers." (School Library Journal)
Level: Kindergarten - Gr. 3
Guided Reading Level: K
DRA Level: 18
Lexile Measure: 500L
Read-Aloud vs. Individual Reading: For kids in Kindergarten and first grade, this book will need to be a read-aloud rather than for individual reading, as the reading level will be too high for the majority of them. Some second graders may be able to read this book on their own (especially as the year moves on), and third graders should be able to read this one on their own.
Below are sample pages
showing children listening to the heart beats of others using
cardboard stethoscopes (the book touches on how the heartbeat varies
according to age.) Other pages include diagrams of the
heart and other kid-friendly information about the circulatory system.
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