Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Ins and Outs of Air

 As with the other books in his series, The Sum of Our Parts,  Bill Kirk has done a great job with The Ins and Outs of Air. This book gives lots of practical, scientific information while being entertaining.

While it's intended for 8 to 12 year olds, the rhymes on each page could be read aloud to younger children, perhaps even Kindergarteners, and the information in the Factoids on each page might be informative to older Middle Schoolers.

Of course Eugene Ruble's illustrations are accurate and informative, too.

When I was a child I had severe, chronic asthma and would have found The Ins and Outs of Air helpful in understanding what happened inside me.

But the book isn't only helpful to kids with breathing problems or others who want to understand those. Any youngsters who are interested in science and how our bodies work would appreciate this book. Like the other books by this author, it would be valuable for schools to have in their libraries.

I think every pediatrician's office ought to have copies of all Bill Kirks' The Sum of Our Parts books in their waiting rooms.

And the details might even keep kids who read it while riding in cars so interested that they'd forget to ask, "Are we there yet?"

8 comments:

Susan Hornbach said...

Well knowing Bills work Jan, I'm sure it's a great book. It's a great idea to market to doctor's offices. All of his books I think would be good for a pediatricians office or a dental office. Bill is the master of rhyme. Thanks for the great review. Best wishes to Bill.

Nancy Stewart said...

Terrific interview, Jan. I can see a real niche for this book in kids' doc and dentist offices as well. All best wishes, Bill, for a successful book!

Bill Kirk said...

Thanks for the glowing review, Jan. I appreciate your kind words. It was fun to play with all the terminology related to respiration. Working it all into the rhythm structure almost left me breathless.

Excellent suggestion to connect the books with doctors offices. I have donated copies of the books to dentists, doctors, chiropractors, etc., based on the content of each book---also seeded public libraries and school libraries in Sacramento. Maybe one day the seeds will sprout....

Penelope Anne Cole said...

Hi Jan, great review. I second your idea to have Bill's books in all doctor, dentists, PEDS, and hospital waiting rooms! Keep up the good work, Bill! Wishing you much success.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Bill Kirk, I'm sure your books will spread and your fame will grow.

Donna J. Shepherd, Author of Ava s Secret Tea Party said...

Great review! Thanks, Jan!

Melissa Abramovitz said...

Great review! Sounds like a wonderful book.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Melissa and donna.