|It’s been a while since I did Nonfiction Monday, but here’s a really fun book I requested from Charlesbridge for review. It’s The Circulatory Story, by Mary K. Corcoran, illustrated by Jef Czekaj.
My favorite thing about this book, besides the TONS of information in it and its sense of humor, is the use of metaphor. Corcoran uses lots of things a kid already is familiar with to explain the things that are new. Erythrocytes? They’re like inner tubes with no hole. The heart’s septum? It’s like the divider of a divided highway. It keeps everything on the right side, where it belongs. The heart’s four chambers? Pretty much like two upstairs and two downstairs rooms in a house.
Descriptions like these take a complicated subject and make it accessible for kids. That allows Corcoran to go far beyond just the basics without overwhelming the reader.
I love nonfiction like this that makes learning really engaging and fun for kids!
For more great nonfiction books, check out the Nonfiction Monday Roundup at In Need of Chocolate.