Human Body Detectives (Review)

Human Body Detectives is a series of educational adventure stories where two young “Human Body Detectives,” Merrin and Pearl, magically enter different systems in the body to solve a health mystery. Through action-packed fiction stories, listeners learn how the various systems work and what foods best fuel each system.

The audio book series is authored by Dr. Heather Manley, a naturopathic doctor based in Hawaii who noticed a void of children’s books that focused on the different systems of the body in a fun, interactive and engaging way. Her first book in the series titled The Lucky Escape came about when she realized kids would be more inclined to make healthier food choices if they understood how the food they ate affects their body. The main characters of the book are based on author her daughters of the same name, Merrin and Pearl.

Our Review of Human Body Detectives

As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for ways to supplement extra science into their school day. While our curriculum offers a fairly decent science program, there's always the potential to learn more. Ashley is learning all about the human body in science right now, and the Human Body Detectives has been a great tool for helping her learn better and understand more about the digestive system and how it works.

I popped in the CD and all the kids sat down and listened. The story was really entertaining. The kids loved listening as Merrin and Pearl traveled through their little brother Robbie's digestive system and narrowly avoided ending up in his poopy diaper. I will tell you, though, that I was horrified that the word fart was used. I hate that word. My kids aren't allowed to say that word. And as soon as that word was said - twice - the kids eyes got as big as saucers. That word is a bad word in this house, and they waited to see what my reaction would be. I do understand that is what most kids today call passing gas. I get that. And it was pretty appropriate for the pretty disgusting attributes of the digestive tract. But, it doesn't mean that I have to like hearing it in the story.

Anyway, once we got past that word being in the story, the story was very informative. The kids really enjoyed it. And, over the next couple of weeks, along with her regular science work, Ashley worked on the activity workbook that came with the CD. She did really well with it, and she seemed to actually retain the knowledge. In fact, she took a test in science (her regular curriculum) this week on the digestive system, and she scored a 100%! I'm certain that the Human Body Detectives and the activities in the workbook helped her acheive that score.

Want to Try Human Body Detectives for Yourself?

You can head to the Human Body Detectives Store (website) and purchase your copy. There are several titles to choose from, and each title includes a 24 page workbook, and audio CD, and 2 full pages of stickers. At just $19.95 each, they're a great value!

And don't forget to Become a Fan of Human Body Detectives on Facebook!

Disclaimer: Human Body Detectives sent me a copy of the Human Body Detectives: The Lucky Escape for my honest and thorough review. The free products in no way influenced my opinion, and I have not been compensated in any other way for this post.
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