Here We Grow
by Melissa Stewart
Benchmark Books, 2010
for Grades 3-5
ISBN 978-0-76144-172-4
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The Secrets of Nails and Hair
The lively, conversational tone and blend of photos and cartoon-style art make Here We Grow: The Secrets of Nails and Hair a perfect blend of fun facts and serious science learning about hair, fur, nails, claws, and more. 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 Nonfiction Research Grant
Research Notes
“By the time I tackled this book, I was getting pretty good at scouring medical books and journal articles for fascinating facts. And I had a long list of experts in every medical field you can think of. So researching this book was simply a matter of digging in to see what I could find. And I found some great stuff. For example, a fingernail’s appearance can be used to diagnose some diseases. Fingernails grow faster than toenails, especially during the day and in the summer. Animals use whiskers in all kinds of ways, and a fur’s color and patterns can help animals stand out from the crowd or blend in to the background. This book is really chock full of great information.”
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