Booklist (Ilene Cooper)
With only several sentences on every page, this entry in the Senses in My World series introduces the sense of smell to young children. How does our sense of smell work? “Tiny bits of scent float in the air. The nose breathes in the air. The brain understands the bits as smells.” A color photo shows a girl holding a bowl of popcorn, and dotted lines identified as scent bits head up to her nostrils. (Other, wavy lines are not labeled, which is a little confusing.) The rest of the book shows various items (pizza, stinky feet) to indicate that we get useful information from smells. Bold and colorful, this also contains an “Ideas for Parents and Teachers” section to help kids get the most out of reading an informational book.