CM . . .
. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
Wow! The Most Interesting Book You’ll
Ever Read About the Five Senses. (Mysterious You).
Romanek. Illustrated by Rose Cowles.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2004.
40 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-630-7 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-629-3 (cl.).
Senses and sensation-Juvenile literature.
3-7 / Ages 8-12.
by Gail Hamilton.
In 1895, a nine-year-old
boy named Tom swallowed a huge gulp of what he thought was a cold
drink. Unfortunately, it was boiling hot chowder. Tom burned his
esophagus- the tube leading from his throat to his stomach- so badly
that as it healed, scar tissue sealed it shut.
a tube straight into Tom’s stomach to feed him, but he lost
weight and always felt hungry.
Then Tom wondered
if tasting his meals would help. So, before each feeding, he chewed
a mouthful of the food. Tom began to gain weight and stopped feeling
hungry. Just tasting his food made a huge difference.
has another sure-fire winner with this seventh book of the “Mysterious
You” series. What separates this book from others on the same
topic is the inclusion of little-known facts, information about unique
inventions designed to improve humans’ perceptions of the world
through their senses, and fun experiments that can be done with little
or no adult supervision.
the seven chapters, Romanek explains how the brain works to help people
experience the senses, humans’ dependence on the senses, how
senses change with age and a little about the keener senses of various
animals. Readers will learn about the anatomy of the eye, normal vision
versus near and far-sightedness, depth perception and how humans see
colours. The section on hearing has information about hearing loss
and the pitch, amplitude and frequency of sound. Taste cells, how
smell affects a food’s flavour and how scientists develop new
flavours of ice cream are just a few of the topics regarding the sense
of taste. The chapter on smell provides facts about smell memories,
aromatherapy, the connection between smell and epilepsy and how deodorants
and other products are developed with the help of professional armpit
and foot sniffers (eew!). Finally, the section about touch explains
how touch sensors on the skin and other parts of the body send messages
to the brain about pain, itches, tickles and the texture of various
objects. No book about the senses would be complete without details
about how the senses all work together to provide humans with their
perceptions of the world around them. One such example is the experiment
in which three acrobats were asked to balance on one another’s
shoulders. Their balance was perfect until the room’s lights
were turned off, causing the acrobats to collapse. This experiment
proved that the brain needs clues from three different places- including
sight- to help people balance.
in layout and style to the other books in the series, this title has
diagrams, illustrations and catchy headings, all of which grab the
reader’s attention and add a touch of humour to the text. The
text is written in kid-friendly language- especially important when
Romanek explains more complex scientific concepts. A table of contents
and an index are also included.
worthy of purchase!
Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East
St. Paul, MB.
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