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Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

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These people did what?! Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery--a tour of the human body's amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout history. Short sketches of famous ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Annick Press
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I though I already review this one but it seem I didn't... Anyway, this was an interesting book about extreme abilities (physical and intellectual as well depending on the case). The book is organized in a way where it present a person, kind of a short biography, who had strange or unusual ability and then explain scientifically how that was possible or how it function. Intriguing funny facts that are always cool to learn about and a scientific explanations to go with it. Well done! ...more
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them by Galadriel Watson and illustrated by Cornelia Li focuses on the amazing physical and intellectual capabilities of the human body. Topics covered include strongmen, contortionists, human calculators, mermaids (not the mythological creature, but the ama of Japan), sprinters, and
Elizabeth Tyree
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them by Galadriel Watson is an interesting and well researched journey of discovery as readers follow the author along on a trip through the human body. From learning how endurance athletes endure the intense treks they make, to learning about the muscles that allow contortionist to turn themselves into pretzels, and even discovering intense forms of meditation this book not only discusses some insane t
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Releasing 4/09/19

Oh the wonders of the human body.

This book explores various parts of the human body associated with extreme abilities. I like how it presents you with a piece of story/history then analyses the various aspects of what ever ability the story is about. Then it presents you with scientific facts to either confirm or caution about what t
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Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them by Galadriel Watson, illustrated by Cornelia Li. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Annick Press, 2019. $13. 9781773212494



This book is divided into eight sections, each covering an impressive physical feat. Each of those sections contains a history of people who have used that physical power, stories of people who currently use that power, warnings and tips, the scie
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction, steam
This is like the lesser version of the Guinness Book of World Records and other such titles. I was surprised on how much it went into the science behind the ability. Not that it is lengthy, but I expected more of a short blurb and then it would go on to the next ability.

Two of my favorite parts was all of the math hacks. I need to learn those.

The other was how fast Usain Bolt runs. 23 MPH, or up to almost 28 MPH at his fastest. I recently saw a group of guys seeing how fast they could run on a
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It would be a 4.25, but it says Ducks are mammals. I have re read the sentence a few times and it still confuses me. Ducks are NOT mammals so besides all the really, really cool things about this book, (I am going to get my library to buy it) is that Duck Mammal thing. I wish the book was in front of me so I can read it again to understand what she is trying to say.

I love that it shows the amazing ability, gives cautions and says "Hey with some caution, and smarts, you too co
Samantha Sophia
Extreme Abilities is an easy and interesting book about people with (you guessed it) extreme abilities. The book presents a short biography of a person with a unique ability and proceeds to explain the scientific how. This book was interesting with a touch of humor. A good way to diversify your children’s literature with scientific non-fiction. The book also includes a “hazard alert” to warn children against trying some of the superhuman stunts in the book.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book of amazing humans! Kids and YAs, even some adults will enjoy reading about these people. Who knew anyone could hold their breathes up to 24 minutes??? Thats' just crazy! Human computers are pretty cool, too! Too many amazing people in this book to list, but I think it's a perk for school libraries. And may even entice a reluctant reader to read! Great book! ...more
Katie Lawrence
This was absolutely fascinating! I loved learning about anatomy and brain functioning in the context of people who possess extreme abilities. How interesting to learn how you can train your body to push itself to the extreme. I liked the inclusion of small ways you could try some of these things safely yourself. Great back matter, illustrations and photos included as well!
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
@kidlitexchange #partner I received a copy of this book from KidLitExchange Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book releases on April 9, 2019. ——————— Another great book from @annick_press !!! Extreme Abilities is exciting and interesting stories of unusual and abnormal human feats and the sciences behind them. But it’s more than just a more scienc-y Guinness Book of World Records. This book doves deeper into how our bodies work to conquer superhuman feats. I ...more
Alycia Canfield
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The human body is just amazing when it is treated right and trained right. From holding your breath for 24 mins to folding into a pretzel this book shows you amazing thing the human body can really do if you put your mind to it, which also brings me to the meditation section. And just because you can do these things you can do the many things in this books they also tell you the dangers they can cause.
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Galadriel Watson has been writing since childhood, when she penned the spellbinding “Amy Goes to the Olympics”—typed by her grandmother on a manual typewriter, illustrated by Galadriel herself and bound in green construction paper.

She has since honed her skills through years of practice, plus through her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she won

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