My Stretchy Body is a simplified explanation about how our bodies grow. It covers several subjects – hair, skin, nails, teeth, muscles, bones, growth spurts and growing pains – in a way children as young as six years old are able to understand.
Subjects are covered through simple medical explanations with official medical terms listed in parenthesis. The text can be somewhat lengthy, but is broken up by “Fun Facts,” engaging “True or False” questions and topic-related anecdotes like how our hair helped our early ancestors retain body heat but is now mostly just an attractive feature. These supplements are attention grabbers for children. The book is also well-organized for younger readers with shorter attention spans and chapters can easily be read individually.
The best feature of the glossary at the end of the book is that it expands on material, such as the nervous system, that is not fully explained in the main text. Though expanding upon these terms when they are initially referenced would be helpful, the book is already packed with medical terms so moving some things out of the main body is understandable. Having the information at the end still allows the reader to revisit a chapter with new information and better understand the subject matter. A comprehensive list of the medical terms scattered throughout the book is noticeably absent and would be a useful addition to the glossary.
Ultimately, My Stretchy Body accomplishes its goal of explaining how our bodies grow to young children and easily prompts questions from the reader interested in further knowledge. The information is appropriate for the 6+ age group, but having an adult read along is strongly recommended in order for children to get the most out of it.
Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.
Review copies were provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.