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Nano's Journey!

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This is an amazing little science book for children, which I loved, and it was a great biology refresher for me.  Although the book is for children, adults will benefit from it too.  The story is about a little stem cell called Nano, who, along with a few cell friends, goes on a journey to the heart and the lungs, to try and find out which organ she will have her new home in.  The book explains in simple terms, all about cells, bones, bone marrow, blood, the heart and the lungs, and their functions.  It is a really fascinating book, which I will read over and over with my daughter as she gets older.  I loved the cute images in the book too, which will make children smile.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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One hard book to digest, although I am sure the author tried his best to explain stem cells to kids. The main character is Nano, a stem cell, that hasn't choose his role in human body. There we understand that stem cell has not assigned to a role once born. With the simplest explanation in an adventurous journey, we learn so much about how stem cell works.
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In Nano's Journey, a rather difficult topic is broken down into an easy to understand concept -- our body is made up of very specialized types of cells and blood flows in and out of the heart in circles. I enjoyed the artwork that accompanied Nano on her journey through the bone marrow to the heart and lungs. As someone who has a career in medical science, I found the story accurate and accessible to a young reader. I would love to add Nano's Journey to my child's bookshelf.
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A very interesting and informative children's book about the role of stem cells in the body! This made the science very easy to understand and picture, and this book would be a great addition to any science-loving kid's library.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Pixel Mouse House for the ARC of this in exchange for my honest review. 

This was cute and pretty easy to follow. My 8 year old enjoyed it, though some of the science-y words I had to stop and pronounce for her and give her a little more information -  when she finished it and said "I hope they do a series with other parts of the body". I thought it could've used a little more information, to help define new terms in more detail, it's hard in picture books to skirt the line of not enough information and too wordy, therefore hard to read aloud.
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I'm a fan of kid's books about complex ideas. Things like stem cells can be hard to grasp, so giving cells personalities and using those to help explain roles in the body provides a degree of clarity.
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This was a fun little children's book that is illustrated in color, and for me, as an adult, bordered on the obscure at times, but overall, I think it can teach children important facts about how their body works. Part of a projected series, this one focuses on the heart and lungs and has cute illustrations and an adventure story feel that hopefully will draw children in, they'll have fun, and maybe learn a few things along the way. I commend it as a worthy read.
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Nano's Journey is a fun book for all the little scientists out there. I enjoyed the illustrations, and the information was easy to digest.
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Really a nice little science book for children to easily understand the concepts of organs and their functions. The illustrations are beautiful and easy on the eye.
Thank you Netgalley and the publishing house for granting my request, it's much appreciated.
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This book teaches a lot, even to us adults, about the cells of the human body. In a fun way we learn, and there are also very cute drawings.
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Would have been more impactful if straight to the point, it was a bit unclear if used for introducing for the first time the circulatory system etc.
I wouldn’t use this in my curriculum because of some of the language such as “simple circle” for the pulmonary circuit etc I would have preferred correct scientific terminology
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I really enjoyed this book. It is such a great way to teach children about the basic working of their body. When I finished the book, I understood the role of the bones, blood, the heart, and the lungs. I have read many advanced books on biology, but still found this one excellent for myself as an adult. It was a great refresher on the process of the human body. 

The book does teach you a lot of information, but in a very fun way. Nano, is a stem cell, so he is not certain his role in helping the body. Blasto, a fibroblast which is a mature cell goes on the journey with him. They meet Ryto, who is a red blood cell and carries vital oxygen to the heart and organs. The system of how there is a Simple Circle that starts in the chambers of the heart and then moves to the lungs and then goes back to the heart is explained. It actually teaches much information. I think this book would be best for 3rd to 6th Graders. Depending on the age, the amount of information absorbed would differ, but it would be worthwhile at those ages. 

I think this would make an excellent book for a school to order, since it’s not a chore learning, it’s a fun way to learn science. The fun names make the process easier to keep track of. Also, the illustrations by Jen Yoon are fantastic and add much to this book. When oxygenation is spoken of, it is easy to understand because the adorable character Ryto is red. That is of course why when we see blood it is red. This book also would be great for any child interested in Science, Biology, or the Human Body. It is something you could read together with a younger child and an older child could read alone. 

It would be a great book for libraries to carry as well. I will suggest on my Libby e-books that it be purchased. Usually, if I do, that book will be purchased. 

The only problem I encountered is this is not listed on Goodreads. I usually link reading a book and my review to that sight. I tried and even used the ISBN # to pull the book up. As of now, it is not listed. Goodreads does allow you to add your book in, and I definitely suggest doing that. When you do, I will post this review on my Goodreads page. 

Excellent book about Biology. I highly recommend this for schools, library, and home use. 

Thank you NetGalley, Aldo Pourchat, and IBPA for a copy of this book. I really enjoyed traveling with Nano on his journey.
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Loved the art on this; it reminded me of educational animation from the 1950s and 60s; very bright, friendly and somehow a good middle ground between abstract and concrete.  The story was good (although the little stem cell didn't see all of the organs in the body), but it felt like sometimes the narration was simple and at others it brought in more complex vocabulary.  Would this have been better as an illustrated early reader chapter book than something closer to a picture book?
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As a scientist I’m so glad to see children’s books that are addressing more challenging scientific topics in a fun and accessible way! 

The pictures were amazingly done to allow the children to maintain interest. The science was all accurate but to a standard that children can understand.
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(I read this arc in exchange for a review)

This book was a very cute story about how cells travel through the human body.

I am convinced that the purpose of this story is very important, but it could have been adapted in a better way for children. The vocabulary as well as the subjects are hard to understand for the younger audience even though they are already simplified. 

Overall, I really liked this book, but would share it with older children.
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This is definitely an ambitious topic to take on, and seeing a stem-cell personified is an interesting, and effective way to try to explain it!   I learned things I didn't know about stem cells, so following Nano's Journey was helpful for me.

That said, this does feel a lot more didactic than literary.   The story feels very much like an outline for teaching rather than an actual plotted journey that just happens to teach something.  However, as an enrichment book or a support text for a science unit, this could still work well.   

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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My daughter is a huge fan of science and this book will be perfect to teach her about a new facet of it. Most science related children's books focus on germs, animals, and space- I love how different this is!
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