Nonfiction Monday: Totally Human

Do you ever wonder why we have hiccups or crave junk food or shake you head when scared?  In Cynthia Pratt Nicolson’s new book, Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do illustrated by Dianne Eastman, readers will find out the answers to those questions. 

Did you know that you laugh when you are tickled as a response to a mock attack?  Scientists believe that tickling’s function is to help create bonds among family and friends.  And that we sleep to help our body a chance to grow and repair.  Young readers will be thrilled to learn the answer to why humans fart and burp.

Nicolson’s Totally Human blends explores  human characteristics from both our ancestors and other animals. Our evolutionary roots are explained in answers to each question.  There is a glossary and an index at the end.  Eastman’s collage like illustrations are done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 and are wildly fun.  It’s a great introduction to biology and human behavior in an interactive way.

Students are always wondering why.  Now they have the answers to twenty-six why questions.


Oprah: The Little Speaker, Paul Robeson by Eloise Green Field, and Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman were won by Laurie Thompson!

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Picture Book of the Day.  Thanks, Anastasia.

Happy Monday.