A second is the time it takes to steal a kiss. A minute is the time to peel an orange. An hour is the time to paint a masterpiece... A day is the time to turn a room into a spaceship by covering walls with big planets. A year is long enough to add one number to my age…
Simple and efficient, this book gives clues to feel comfortable with time measures.
Breathing is dead easy! We do it without even thinking… And yet renewing the air in our lungs requires an ingenious system: our brain, muscles, arteries, veins, etc. are all put to the test.
From the pulmonary alveoli to the smallest arteriole, all is revealed!
From the mouth, to the oesophagus, stomach, intestines, and colon… Whether in liquid or solid form, every type of food we eat follows the exact same digestive path. At each stage, the body transforms the food in order to extract either: fats, sugars, proteins, vitamins or minerals from it… All of wich are distributed to the muscles, blood and organs.
That’s digestion in a nutshell!
If there is an egg in the mother’s belly, it is because two reproductive cells, one spermatozoid and one ovule, have merged. This is fertilization! The egg will next grow to become an embryo, then a foetus. The organs, the members will appear and develop until the birth. In vitro fertilization, twin pregnancy, caesarean section… All is explained in a simple and accurate way.
Mmmm…. Pastas. Spaghettis, cannelloni, pasta shells, there are of many kinds. And to prepare them: some durum wheat flour, some water… And that’s it! To make fresh pastas, one must add some eggs. One thing is for sure: it is the flour’s quality that matters most!
Where does tap water come from? Whether it comes from the water tables, lakes or even a pure source, it needs to be checked and cleared of twigs, debris, bacteria and other inedible particules. Discover the crazy adventure of water!
Yellow like the sun, looking just like a smile, full of vitamins, I am the banana! But where does the banana come from? How does the plant grow? What makes banana the world’s most popular fruit?
We drink it, we bit it, Or we lick it on our fingers… Black, brown or white, its the celebrity of the pastry shop! And a feast for the little greedy ones! Where does the cacao come from ? How can one make cacao grow? And pick it up? Are all chocolate as good as each other?
Potatoes are the most commonly consumed food in France. They are prepared in many different ways: they come pureed, in soups, as crisps or chips...not surprising considering that there are more than 4500 types of potatoes in the world! Do you know why they grow underground? What is their nutritional value? The collection Je sais ce que je mange (I know what I'm eating) gives you the answers!
Pollen-gathering bees suck up the sugary nectar from flowers and fly to the hive... the recipients mix it with their saliva, then deposit is in the cells... Very gradually, the nectar turns into honey! From the organisation of the hive to the importance of bees for life, you'll discover everything about the production and collection of honey and other products resulting from the work of these pollen-gathering bees. You'll also learn to recognise the different varieties of honey and whether they are genuine or not!
Milk Cows produce milk to feed their youngs. And we raise cows to bottle their milk. How do we milk our cows? What is the difference between the farm milk and the milk we buy in the supermarket? At the end, a 2 pages comic books gives information about nutrition and milk labels. Farming, milking, pasteurization, creaming, sterilization, bottling, distribution... You will learn everything about milk!
Prehistoric man already ate apples and today the fruit is consumed over five continents. In France, you can enjoy 400 different varieties and if you travel the globe this number increases to nearly 4,000. Impressive! What's also impressive are the many tips for growing and preserving them... But watch out not all are recommendable!