Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Artie's Party: Featuring the Vita-Men


This is an interesting and fun way to help explain how the body works. The body is a village and all the organs live there and work together. Artie Heart is the main character in this story. He is busy doing his job of delivering oxygen and nutrients to all the residents of the body and he begins to notice that everyone is feeling tired. Artie visits Raymond Brain and they decide to invite the Vita-Men band to come for a visit. The band's performance perks everyone right up.

The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching. The job that each organ performs is described, not in a medically precise way, but so that young readers can understand. Raymond Brain, for example, sits in a control center with lots of switches and knobs, while Artie Heart pushes around a cart full of oxygen and nutrient packages. (We all know the heart doesn't actually travel through the body, but it does pump those necessary elements around.)

The companion website has activities, videos (including a music video by The Vita-Men), parent information and even a weekly challenge. Offering the online tie-in makes the characters more appealing to youngsters who enjoy multimedia presentations of information. And the book makes the point that vitamins are necessary for proper functioning of the body without being preachy in getting the message across.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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