Power Up

  • Title: Power Up: Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body
  • Author: Seth Fishman
  • Illustrator: Isabel Greenberg
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“Did you know there is enough energy in your pinkie finger to power an entire city? And that everything you do—running, jumping, playing, and exploring—uses that same energy inside of you?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I definitely think this book would work for a science class to teach some of the basics of energy in the human body, and some of the bones and muscles in our body. I think this book could be used for older children as well as younger children. This resource from HarperCollins had some suggestions to use Fishman’s other book The Ocean in Your Bathtub (which now I want to find and read) for STEM activities for children. I also think this article was interesting because it gives a brief introduction to Fishman, his life, and his move to L.A. from Texas.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –What I found refreshing in this book is the diversity present. Unlike in The Moon Seems to Change or What Makes Day and Night that I covered in my first 100, this book has a diverse main character, and diverse characters throughout. The protagonist is not “defaulted” to a white boy. Our main character that we are following throughout our “science lesson” is an African American girl and the book is written as if her parental figure is telling her all of these scientific facts (see the first page illustration of our protagonist and her mother (or mother figure, teacher, the relationship is not defined, but can be assumed to be an older person acting as her guide). I enjoyed Greenberg’s bright, wavy, and engaging illustrations too. The author’s note at the end (which I think older children could read on their own and comprehend) explains Einstein’s E = mc2. I would include this in my Best 50 list instead of the books I mentioned above.

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