Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Brain Games by Jennifer Swanson


ABOUT THE BOOK

QUICK: Name the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. Give up? Here’s a hint: It’s housed in your head and it’s the one thing that makes you YOU. Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body and steers you through life. Not bad for something the size of a softball that looks like a wrinkled grey sponge!

In this fascinating, interactive book -- a companion to the National Geographic Channel hit show – kids explore the parts of the brain and how it all works, brainy news nuggets from a neuroscientist, plus fun facts and crazy challenges.


REVIEW

National Geographic has a wonderful way of creating books that are chock full of child appeal while presenting a tremendous amount of information.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about the remarkable nature of the human brain.  The author takes the reader on a journey through the different sections of the brain and the current understanding about the way the different parts work together.  After this introduction, the chapters focus on the following: memory and patterns, emotions, decision-making, and actions.  Between each section are some fun brain break activities to further engage young readers.  I especially liked the way each section opens with a brain challenge that engages the reader's brain and shows aspects of the topic that will be covered.  The book's design gives the book a lot of browsing potential with sidebars, photographs, and charts to help readers understand the sometimes complex ideas.  This book is a must have for young readers who are fascinated by the human body and libraries that serve such readers. 


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