The Human Body Detectives, a series of action-packed fiction stories developed by a Big Island writer and naturopathic doctor, expands with Battle With The Bugs, its corresponding educational and entertaining iPad app.
Kids ages 6 to 10 will love this series of award winning educational adventure stories which follow two “Human Body Detectives”, Merrin and Pearl, who magically enter different systems in the body to solve a health mystery and learn a bit of nutrition along the way. The series is now available in story-book (versus audio), ebooks, and now iPad and iPhone apps.
The plot surrounds main characters Merrin and Pearl’s little cousin Max, who is sick, threatening everyone’s Mexican holiday. This time the detective girls find themselves inside Max’s body, witnessing firsthand the immune system in action. They befriend a white blood cell warrior who leads them into battle against the offending bacteria, and learn why it’s important not to eat candy and sugar when you have an illness, as these only feed bacteria and viruses more, making you feel sicker.
The book series is authored by Dr. Heather Manley, a Hawaii-based naturopathic physician who saw a need for books that teach kids about their bodies and health in an imaginative, fun way. The main characters are based on Dr. Heather’s daughters of the same names, Merrin and Pearl.
The series, for kids ages 6-10, currently features The Lucky Escape, teaching about the digestive system; Battle with the Bugs, about the immune system; and the latest, A Heart Pumping Adventure, about the circulatory system.
“My goal is to help children strive for optimal health,” said Manley. “Understanding how various body systems work and which foods fuel each system is critical. Kids need to know how the food they eat plays a direct role in how their bodies function.”
- Compatible with iPad
- Requires iOS 3.2 or later
- 32.4 MB
Pricing and Availability: Battle With The Bugs [iTunes link] is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
About The Human Body Detectives
The Human Body Detectives (HBD) story and website for kids was founded by naturopathic physician, Dr. Heather Manley in 2008. As a doctor and a mother, Dr. Heather believes that if kids understand how the food they eat plays a direct role in how their bodies function, they will be more inclined to make healthy food choices. In her search for books and resources that provide healthy eating tips and encourage parents to make healthy food choices for kids, and more importantly, encourage kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices for themselves, she discovered there were very few books out there doing this in a fun way. That is when the idea for the Human Body Detectives series came to her.