Bibliographic Information: Arnold, T. (1997). Parts. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Brief Annotation: In fear that he is falling apart, a young boy is relieved to hear that all of the crazy things happening to him, such as losing hair and teeth, is perfectly normal.

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Children losing their teeth; Children interested in the human body; Children who enjoy jokes

Rating/Response: 4 This book takes a humorous approach to explaining the changes a human body goes through as we grow. The bizarre explanations created by a fearful young boy will make readers laugh while teaching and raising curiosity about their bodies.      

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How has your body changed since you were born?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: This book is a fun and comical way to get students thinking about the human body changes as we grow.

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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