Sunday, May 26, 2013

What Happens to a Hamburger?

"What Happens to a Hamburger" by Paul Showers is a Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2 picture book about the human digestive system.

This book "breaks down" the digestive system in a very simplistic way. One example that is given asks the reader to take a bite of a raw carrot, chew it and spit it out on a plate and then do it again but chew it thirty times to see the difference it makes when you chew your food longer. Saliva helps to break down the food we eat.
The book goes on to explain parts of our bodies that help add in the digestion of the foods we eat such as the epiglottis, trachea, esophagus, stomach, intestines, etc.

"Your stomach is a tube like your gullet. But there is a difference. Your stomach can stretch like a balloon. When you eat, your stomach stretches to hold the food."

I was a little afraid to read this book--afraid of pictures and descriptions that might be given. But this book treads lightly. There are a few up-close photographs of the inside of the body, but they are not bad (Except for maybe the epiglottis. Sorry I just could never be a doctor! LOL) And when discussing the parts of foods the body doesn't use, it just says "You get rid of the unused food when you go to the toilet." And that is all.

Paul Showers is the author of many Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science books and knows how to provide young children with just the right amount of information in just the right way.

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