Romanek, Trudee illus. by Rose Cowles. Squirt!: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read about Blood. Kids Can Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1553377764 40 pp. $
The title certainly lives up to its name. Covering the history of our knowledge about the the red stuff that flows through our veins, this fascinating book touches on diseases, blood types, legends, and more. Jam-packed with facts delivered in an engaging tone, the trivia and stats will amaze and delight as kids learn not just about the circulation system, but how blood fits into all the body systems and functions. Examples come not just from humans, but from many parts of the animal kingdom. Measurements are given in English and metric.
The design is excellent–colorful and high contrast, with plenty of space around graphics, subtly textured backgrounds to add interests, stylized cartoonish illustrations and clear diagrams. Illustrations reflect a diverse audience. Each two page spread is divided, with a narrative on the left and a sidebar on the right, that might contain a biography of a person or disease, an explanation of a process, or a “You Try It” exercise (such as the excellent how to build a model of blood with seed beads) for hands-on learning.
Recommended for all collections, for browsing or reports.