Neuron Galaxy: Jay Leibold
Illustrated by Max Weinberg and Christine Gralapp
Meet my friends the neurons you are going to love them and they will greatly inspire you to think, understand and cherish your thinking partner, your brain. A small baby neuron sent out branches and believe it or not these branches went and searched around for more neurons. Wow! Would you believe it the branches found a neuron friend and all they had to do is reach out like you do when you reach out for a friend. Just like you they needed more friends and lucky for them they found a lot more of them. Sharing information was their primary goal and the more they talked with their new friends the more information they shared. The pathways they found were in a big network with lots and lots of neurons that were connected. Members of a baseball or football team have different jobs so does these neurons have important jobs just like the members of a sports team or a company team. But, what were they saying to each other and by the way just what is a neuron?
A neuron is defined as a cell body and it is the dendrites that get the messages. The axons that are also part of the neuron send the messages. The messages are electrical and your precious neurons are tiny brain cells in your brain. Neurons are really tiny and you cannot see them with your eyes but if you have a microscope that is really powerful believe it or not you could put 500 of them in a space as small as the dot above the letter i. Check out the pictures of the neuron and see what happens when they are magnified 400 and 2000 times. But, since this reviewer has been reading and working hard all day she has decided to let her new friend the neuron tell you the rest.
I am a neuron and glad to meet all of you. I am a cell body and can be very small. My main branch which is called an axon is long. How about 3 feet long! Otherwise how would they reach other neurons like me. Guess what I and my other neuron friends can make your toes wiggle! How cool is that! Would you believe that when you were just a baby you could only say words like goo goo and gag and to get everyone’s attention you would wave your arms or wiggle around to get the attention of your parents. But, when my friends and I the baby neurons in your brain grew bigger YOU DID TOO! We kept connecting to one another which meant that you would be able to stand up, walk and even say HELLO! I bet you’re wondering what your friends the neurons are talking about inside your head and what we do! We are all the cells that make your brain go and your brain is the organ inside your head that allows you to walk, talk, dance and most importantly THINK! When you read the pages that tell you all the thinks we help you to do because neurons are great and help you to see your friend, shake hands and say hello you won’t believe what else we do! But, if I told you it would spoil your fun to learn this great information on your own and of course share it with your family and friends.
Here is the most exciting news! Would you believe that there are 100 thousand of me in your brain as much as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Is that not amazing and exciting! When you grow up there will be so many axons connecting many of me, and my other friends the neurons that if you put all of us together from end to end it would circle the earth 4 and a half times. But, there is so much more that I want to share with you but in order to appreciate what I do for you read all about it for yourself and you will be amazed at what you will learn when you go to school, get to know where you live and how you shape your grain and your brain shapes you. Check out the pictures that show you why your brain is tone of the most amazing and fantastic thinks on earth and learn what it helps you to do and understand and learn more about the earth and our solar system. But, most of all take care of me and my friends and help them make new connections. If you do your appreciation of the world, its grandeur, the earth and the galaxy and all the knowledge you can gain from them will be at the tips of your fingers forever. So, take this trip from when I was just a small neuron and all alone and meet my many friends and learn just how we can help you be a success in life just by helping you do the thinks you will read about in this fantastic book by Jay Leibold and the illustrations that help me come to life for you the reader and keep thinking and I promise if you take care of us we will always be there for you. A great way to teach information about the brain, axons, neurons and even the solar system. Great for science teachers, teachers, parents, study groups, discussions groups and children to read and take the adventure with my new friend the neuron. See you on the path to great thinking.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine