A marvellous machine: Anatomy

This book has the wow-factor, and it's by far our best buy of the past few months.

Stylish illustrations by Helene Druvert meet publishing expertise of Thames&Hudson and science-based content by Jean-Claude Druvert (Helene’s father, medical doctor). The result is a work of art.

The book is filled with Druvert's signature cutout art, which works with the subject particularly well.
The author gives a clear overview of the body systems while the illustrations effectively show their interconnection as we leaf through the pages and laser cuts slowly disclose the single organs.
Because of how it is manufactured and because of the level of detail, Anatomy is a book that can be enjoyed by preschoolers at some level as well as by primary school children.
A four year old will be fascinated by the illustrations mesmerised by the way all organs all fit into place, and will start memorising some new words, while a 8 or 9 year old will take in much more in terms of concepts and vocabulary.

Many children go through a natural phase of interest towards the human body when they are around three or four years old and they are often given very basic books with very basic, childish illustrations and explanation. And the interest often goes as the the sensitive period ends.

I believe children don’t need ugly books and that by no means language and art should be downgraded in children's books.
Children are capable, they can understand and should be given the chance to expand their vocabulary and knowledge in an appropriate way, starting with their own body.

In many languages, such as Italian or Spanish, there seems to be a sort of separate language for children, and people tend to overindulge with the use of diminutives and nicknames, especially when it comes to body parts.
Children have the right to be taught a rich, correct language from birth. It’s a way to raise them free from taboos, to show them that we acknowledge their effort to learn a language which is totally new to them and that we trust their capability of doing it well.
Plus, teaching them anatomy is a matter of respect for their body and ultimately it's a matter of safety.
One of the biggest issue that paediatrician encounter when dealing with abuse is that so many children are not taught the basics of human anatomy, delegating this to school education as children grow older.

My daughter has always had a true passion for the human body and she was euphoric when she saw this oversized beauty.
From a Montessori perspective I couldn’t be happier to finally find a good non-fiction book with such beautiful, detailed illustrations. And so chic:)
We love it so much that we are reading it at bedtime
Anatomy, a cutaway look inside the human body [12th October 2017]
by Helene Druvert
& Jean-Claude Druvert
English-language edition by Thames&Hudson
Italian Edition by L’ippocampo Edizioni
Reading age: 4+
Themes: Non-Fiction, Human body

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