January 19, 1996. 
Vol. 2, Number 14

image A Kid's Guide to the Brain.

Sylvia Funston and Jay Ingram. Illustrated by Gary Clement.
Toronto: Greey de Pencier, 1994. 64pp, paper, $9.95.
ISBN 1-895688-819-1.

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.
Review by Bob Piper.

While doing some work on a creative problem-solving game show for OWL TV, Sylvia Funston became quite interested in brain function and how things happen in the brain. As former editor-in-chief of OWL and Chickadee magazines, and as a recognized, award-winning science author and editor, she has a strong background in producing science materials for children.

Jay Ingram is best known for his thirteen-year stint as host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, and, more recently, for Cranial Pursuits. He has written some science books for children, notably Twins: An Amazing Investigation and Real Live Science.

Together, Funston and Ingram have created a fascinating compendium of facts about the function of the human brain, and have made it most appealing to children. The facts presented in the four major sections of this book -- SENSES -- EMOTIONS -- MEMORY -- THINKING -- will fascinate readers from grade three on up through adulthood.

Besides presenting the scientific details of the anatomy and physiology of the brain, and relating theories about how the brain functions, the authors have included a fascinating collection of Brain Benders (thinking games) and Try This (experiments) which will lead the reader to think about the practical implications of the information. The variety of colourful and humorous illustrations by Gary Clement, along with several excellent photographs, combine to create strong visual appeal. The detailed index helps to make this a very useful "research" book for children.

Highly recommended.

Bob Piper is a retired Teacher/Librarian living in Winnipeg.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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