The Way We Work

The Way We Work

by David Macaulay

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In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body as only he could. In order to present this complicated subject in an accurate and entertaining way, he put in years of research. He sat in on anatomy classes, dissections, and even reached inside the rib cages of two cadavers to compare their spleen sizes. He observed numerous surgeries, including a ten-hour procedure where a diseased pancreas was removed, as well as one where a worn-out old knee was replaced by a brand new one. This hands-on investigation gives Macaulay a unique perspective to lead his readers on a visual journey through the workings of the human body.

The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way.
This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547346328
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 862,251
File size: 29 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

Table of Contents


AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL - breathing and the respiratory system

LET'S EAT - food, energy

WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? - the brain

BATTLE STATIONS - immune system

MOVING ON - skeleton and muscles

EXTENDING THE LINE - DNA and reproduction

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The Way We Work 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JVG More than 1 year ago
This book was intended for my gifted 9-year-old son who reads non-stop. The text would have been a challenge for him, despite the fact that he devoured the Harry Potter series at 8 and the Eragon series earlier this year.

However, what made me return the book was the outside-his-age-range, extremely detailed discussion of the reproductive system. While this book would be a fine addition to the library of an older child, it was not appropriate for mine at this time.
Neda-Molai More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book, it was a great addition to my collection. The way it was written and illustrated really lets you understand and appreciate how the body works. Especially explaining complicated things through clear, lively drawings. For example, A page on how blood cells deliver oxygen shows them riding a roller coaster, and hormone-making cells look like miniature factories, complete with smokestacks! It covers everything from atoms, molecules and cells and concluding to the reproductive system and birth of a new human being in thorough detail. I definitely recommend this book for high school and college students that are planning to take Anatomy and Physiology classes.
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Frustrated-Teacher More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book but never received it. I got some Nickel and Dime book instead but I couldn't return it because I waited too long. This is a bit frustrating, to say the least.