“The Way We Work” covers all aspects of the human body and the way its various structures and systems work. One of the things that most impressed me about the content of “The Way We Work” is that it covered virtually every aspect of many biology texts designed for much older readers.
“The Way We Work” begins with an explanation of how life works at its most basic levels, starting with the atom. After explaining the way atoms bind together, David Macaulay explains hows atoms form molecules and molecules in turn are the building blocks of cells. The detailed images of the inside of cells are very fascinating, and David Macaulay's illustration style adds a unique feel to the pages.
After explaining the basics of life “The Way We Work” moves on to the details of various body systems. Starting with the respiratory system, David Macaulay then moves through the digestive system, the nervous system, the immune system, the muscular and skeletal system, and finally the reproductive system.
I would recommend “The Way We Work” primarily for its pictures. David Macaulay's hand drawn images differ remarkably from the common fare of biology and anatomy books, and he includes humorous cartoons to keep things lively.
I think that “The Way We Work” by David Macaulay's is a good introductory text for children to learn about the human body.
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