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Biology Coloring Book

The Biology Coloring Book

Submitter: I am starting at a PreK-8 small private school with a media center jam packed with gems like this. I’m not entirely sure what the focus of this book is or how it got into the collection. It’s not necessarily a bad book. It’s pretty technical, like a textbook. But coloring? I feel that if someone were keen on presenting a different way of interacting with biology, there are more effective methods than coloring.  Beside that, this science book is older than me, and it hasn’t ever circulated. There are undoubtedly much better bio books that could fit in this book’s shelf space. I’d always be nervous about circulating a coloring book in a library anyway, but with this one? Three guesses which illustrations are the only ones that have been colored…

Holly: Yeah, I’m not surprised about which page was colored in (See below – potentially NSFW!). Coloring books are usually the kiss of death for school libraries. Between it’s age and the fact that it has never circulated, I’d think it was an easy weeding candidate.

Mary’s daughter is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biology. She might like this! Hey, Sarah, if you need a study break there’s still some unfinished coloring on the reproductive system page…

More Bad Science:

Blinding Me With Science

Something Different: A Science Book Disclaimer

Sliding Into Science

Animal Cruelty at the Science Fair?

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Cancer Info for Teens

Breast Cancer

As of this writing this was still in a medium sized public library’s teen nonfiction collection. I love the idea of a book about cancer directed at teens, but 1995 is too old for information on something like breast cancer. I would love to see a newer edition directed at teens/young adults. If your choice is this book or nothing, choose nothing.

On an unrelated note, does the doctor in the picture appear to have a hairpiece or a bad haircut?


Health Books from yesteryear:

Modern Health

Heart Stopping Fun for Teens

Straight Talk

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A Real Pain in the Neck


Treat Your Own Neck

Forget the doctor! No need to do fancy physical therapy. Here is a DIY book for your neck pain. I think it is worth noting that your pain can vanish with a helpful additional purchase of the cervical roll.

Regardless of the quality of information, let this one go. 1983 is too old to be trusted.  Props for showing a computer in an office setting in a book from 1983. Those weren’t standard issue (at least in my neck of the woods) until the mid to late 1980s.


More health topics:

Stress Busters!

Cancer is Groovy

“You are such a tight ass”

Hanging Out

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