What You Need to Know About Concussions

9781491448342. ea vol: 32p. (Focus on Health). charts. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. 2015. lib. ed. $26.65.
Gr 3–5—This series presents information on medical conditions in a concise yet enlightening way, educating children about specific conditions that they may or may not encounter at some point in their own lives. The history of each disease is covered, as well as symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and short- and long-term effects. The authors employ short sentences and clear language to discuss these complex topics, and features such as comparison charts, "Health Fact" boxes, and captioned color photos (which often take up half the page) are used to supplement the text in an eye-catching way. The series strives to demystify these ailments and raise awareness of them, because, as the authors point out, "learning about [these diseases]—and knowing what to do about [them]—is the best defense."
VERDICT Solidly informative.
Four short chapters outline causes, diagnosis, treatments, and ramifications of these medical conditions that many kids face. The information, while accurate, is pretty basic, but readers will be drawn in by the personal stories in the books; each chapter is heavily illustrated with full-color photos and clear diagrams and charts. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Fact Finders: Focus on Health titles: What You Need to Know About Concussions and What You Need to Know About Diabetes.

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