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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Holes in Your Nose (The)
by Genichiro Yagyu
Age Range: Under_5
This wacky and informative picture book from Japan show how important the holes in your nose are. Children will learn that these two holes are called nostrils; that they help you breathe, smell and speak; why hairs grow in your nose, what happens when you sneeze and how those nasty bogies are made! Most animals have two holes in their noses too; seals and hippopotamus can open the holes in their nose really wide while dolphins only have one.
This is a subject that has been approached with lots of humour. For example, Gorilla has a runny nose and refuses the offer of a tissue because he plans to let it dry and eat it instead!
Genichiro Yagyu explains all the different functions of the nose and the colourful illustrations help to extend the meaning of the text so that the book is both informative and amusing at the same time. The last part of the book has practical information on what the inside of your nose looks like. This is a picture book that will come in useful in the classroom to teach children about anatomy or to read individually.