Blasts of Gas
by Melissa Stewart
Benchmark Books, 2009
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-076144-155-7
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The Secrets of Breathing, Burping, and Passing Gas
The lively, conversational tone and blend of photos and cartoon-style art make Blasts of Gas: The Secrets of Breathing, Burping, and Passing Gas a perfect blend of fun facts and serious science learning about the human body as well as the bodies of other creatures. Here at last—a book that’s irreverent enough to captivate young readers, yet authoritative enough to win the praise of teachers, librarians, and parents.
Honors and Awards
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator/Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Research Grant
Research Notes
“All the books in this series have been fun to research and write, but this one had me laughing out loud. Who knew the respiratory and digestive systems could be such a gas? I read medical textbooks and journal articles and spoke with scientists and doctors, but I also consulted the Guinness Book of World Records and a great book called Extreme Nature by Mark Carwardine and Rosamund Kidman Cox. Some of the most interesting facts in the book are the answers to questions kids asked me when they found out what I was writing. It’s thanks to them that I talked about armpit burps and why our lungs are the most efficient in the late afternoon.”
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