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Lately DS (28 months) has been really interested in dinosaurs, so I got him several dinosaur books at the library. One of them is very simply with rhyming words (he loves rhymes) called Dinosaur Bones. It talks about the different types of bones that dinosaurs had - in very very simple terms. Like "Dinosaurs have bones with sockets and joints." Anyway, after every phrase DS asks, "Where are my sockets and joints? Where are my flat bones and pointy bones?" etc, etc. We talk about where his bones are, and he feels them and moves his joints around to see how they work, but I thought it might be nice to get him a book or two that has the names of the bones with pictures, etc. I went to the library today and didn't find exactly what I was looking for. Either the books were way too complex, or they were just too simple and didn't tell any names of bones or anything. I want more than just "arm bone, leg bone" etc. I'm looking for pictures of "humerus, ulna, tibia, fibula". Like maybe something with x-ray overlays? Does anyone know of anything like this? Apparently the library thinks only kids about 9 years old and older care to learn about their bones, because that's who their books catered to.
 

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Are you looking for a silly story, or just pictures with labels? If the latter, that should be very easy to come by, and I don't see what difference the age it is intended for should make. DD loved her made-for-college-students anatomy coloring book when she was 2 or 3. If you're looking for a story, well, I've got nothing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I don't think it's typical for a 2 year old to be interested in the real names of his bones.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are you looking for a silly story, or just pictures with labels? If the latter, that should be very easy to come by, and I don't see what difference the age it is intended for should make. DD loved her made-for-college-students anatomy coloring book when she was 2 or 3. If you're looking for a story, well, I've got nothing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I don't think it's typical for a 2 year old to be interested in the real names of his bones.</div>
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I guess some of the books at the library I went to today had too many pages and details, too many drawings and not enough real pictures and x-rays. You make some good points though. I might just cut some pictures out of my college A&P book. I just thought I had seen a book that had x-ray overlays, over pictures of people before, and was hoping to find something like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Yeah, I guess it's asking for a bit much for a detailed book, with real bone names, aimed at 2-5 year olds lol. DS has just never been interested in when other people think he should learn stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I'm not sure what labels are used, but DS is very much into anatomy and has a couple of Usborne body books. One is something like "Look inside the Human Body." He loves it! Lift the flap with various body systems, etc. Another book I think of is "Brain Surgery for Beginners" - lots of stuff on various systems. Gray's Anatomy coloring books might be good? I see that may be what no5 is recommending, too!<br><br>
I was just looking at Usborne's site and they have another anatomy book for 8+ that's still got lots of colorful pictures:<br><a href="http://www.myubam.com/ecommerce/details.asp?sid=NEW&gid=98200181&title=Understanding+Your+Body+IL+%28C%2FV%29&sqlwhere=+T.ID+In+%28Select+ProductID+From+vCategoryGroupsItems+Where+CategoryID+%3D3640%29" target="_blank">http://www.myubam.com/ecommerce/deta...yID+%3D3640%29</a>
 

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The Eyewitness Book on skeletons was extremely popular around here. The pictures are plentiful and real and the text is brief, but genuinely informative.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The Eyewitness Book on skeletons was extremely popular around here. The pictures are plentiful and real and the text is brief, but genuinely informative.</div>
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When I saw this post I was just going to mention Eyewitness. DS1 is 3 and loves them. We "read" the ones on the skeletal system, circulatory system and nervous system quite regularly. Definitely for older kids, but the pictures are great.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEyewitness-Skeleton-Steve-Parker%2Fdp%2F0789458349" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Eyewitness-Ske.../dp/0789458349</a>
 

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We have found that science books geared for much older children that we read and explain to DS (3.5) work best for him. He likes things to be very clear and encyclopedia-like - also loves flaps, of course, but you can't have everything...
 

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When my youngest was almost 4, we found the "Let's Read and Find Out" series. It's really great for gifted preschoolers.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSkeleton-Inside-Lets-Read-Find-Out-Science%2Fdp%2F0064450872" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Skeleton-Insid.../dp/0064450872</a><br><br>
I don't know if it's too much for a gifted toddler, but I'd try it.
 

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Heather - I hadn't seen the Usborne books, but I will definitely check it out.<br><br>
Asparagus78 - I saw that book on Amazon last night. The pictures on the cover look great!<br><br>
RiverTam - That is one of the 2 that I did find at the library that I liked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We haven't read it yet, but I'll let you know how he likes it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have been reading an Usborne book, See Inside Your Body, with DS recently. He is 4, and it is geared toward an older child but I just read the basic info. It has flaps to lift so that you can see layers, and what different body parts do. He loves the page on "Eating and Excreting", of course. There is a flap that you can lift to see poop waiting to be excreted, and he thinks that is just great.
 

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I don't remember if DS was looking at Usborne-type books quite that early, but I know enjoyed serious non-fiction from a very early age. The difference from when he was littler to now (6yo) is how many pages he wanted to absorb at a time. When he was littler, he'd fall in love with one spread or two, and want to linger there. As he has gotten bigger, he soaks up more of a book. I would definitely get the more advanced books and let him dictate the pace.<br><br>
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My daughter loved a straightforward anatomy book - <i>Atlas of the Human Body</i>, or something like that. It has lovely full-color illustrations and was only $5.99 (IIRC) at Borders - bargain book section. I got it for her when she was three and not happy with the "body" book we already had because it didn't provide the real names of bones (i.e. "leg bone" instead of "femur" etc.). Try the bargain book racks at Borders. Even if they don't have exactly the same one, I bet they have something similar that would work well.<br><br>
ETA: It wasn't a book for kids. She didn't want a book for kids, she wanted really detailed illustrations with proper name labels for body parts, with a lot of depth and detail. After we got the book she became very interested in the function of the heart and circulatory system, and there were about 5-6 pages on that in the book, showing different cross-sections of the heart, etc. It was just perfect for her.
 

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the boys absolutely LOVE this book. I actually bought it at Costco but you might<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAbout-Inside-Floor-Puzzle-Skeleton%2Fdp%2F0794416578%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1273782459%26sr%3D8-4" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/About-Inside-F...3782459&sr=8-4</a><br><br>
try a few online book stores to see if its available.<br><br><br>
The book comes with a cardboard (very sturdy) puzzle skeleton that names the bones. The book has several "sections" such as your heart, circulatory system and what. It has tons of flip up sections such as a drawing of your heart you flip the flap up and it shows the direction blood flows , valves and the "inside of the heart.
 

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Romana - that's a great idea about the bargain book section. Why do all "kids" books say "leg bone" and "arm bone"?<br><br>
luv-my-boys - That puzzle looks awesome!<br><br>
I found one today at the grocery store of all places. I haven't looked through it all the way. It doesn't have proper names of bones, but it has good pictures, and it was only 2.99. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He's getting quite the collection now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We found one today at the Scholastic warehouse sale and I thought of you! It's called "Body Basics: Bones" by Anita Ganeri. It has simple enough explanations but correct identifiers for the bones. My mom is reading it to my 5yo now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I don't see it on Amazon, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> She has a couple of other books that might be good, though?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We found one today at the Scholastic warehouse sale and I thought of you! It's called "Body Basics: Bones" by Anita Ganeri. It has simple enough explanations but correct identifiers for the bones. My mom is reading it to my 5yo now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I don't see it on Amazon, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> She has a couple of other books that might be good, though?</div>
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Don't you love Scholastic sales for cheap books? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Thank you! I'll be searching for this one too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Seriously! It was amazing. And my boys are quite sure there is NOTHING better to do than read every. single. new. book. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've gotten a few chores out of them, but not much else. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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DD went through a huge human skeletal kick at age 2 as well. In our library, there were several books about human bones (with correct identifiers) written for kids (albeit older kids, but the information was clear and concise). The books were under call # 611.<br><br>
One of dd favorite books was this one: "You can't see your bones with binoculars: a guide to your 206 bones" by Harriet Ziefert. She found it hilarious - but informative. I can't remember the names of the other books she enjoyed (so many other subjects since then...).<br><br>
funny story: One day when dd was 2 she was helping dh de-bone a chicken carcass (to make broth). When dh skinned a chicken wing, dd examined it closely as said "funny, that looks just like a radius & ulna!" She apparently was also interested in comparative anatomy in addition to human anatomy...
 

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bumping to let you know that, inspired by this thread, I ordered the eyewitness books on skeletons and on volcanoes for DS. When I opened them, my heart sank, thinking "this is not only way too advanced in the concepts depicted, but also in overall subject matter" - but DS loooves them. We read nothing else at bedtime. I was really queasy about some of the morbid imagery in both books, because 6 months ago you could not even mention anyone having died (even historical figures) without DS getting all worried about death and, at his worst times, having a meltdown about it, but now he asks for the skull with the clockwork inside and the "died people of Pompeii" every night and wants detailed explanations about the pictures, over and over. I suppose he is working through stuff here...
 
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