Who Are You?: Why You Look, Feel, and Act the Way You Do


64 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 1-894379-59-4
DDC j155.2





Photos by Gilbert Duclos
Illustrations by Susanna Denti
Reviewed by Anne Hutchings

Anne Hutchings, a former elementary-school teacher-librarian with the
Durham Board of Education, is an educational consultant.


Who Are You? investigates all of the things that make you an individual.
Topics discussed run the gamut from your unique fingerprints to your
smile to your birth order to your sleep patterns to your personality and
everything in between.

The book is divided into three general sections: How You Look, What You
Do, and How You Think and Feel. How You Look discusses such things as
genetics, finger- and thumbprints, and growth and development. What You
Do talks about body language, right- versus left-handedness, and how
birth order may affect the way you act. How You Think and Feel includes
topics as diverse as the various kinds of intelligence, senses, memory,
and dreams.

Within the sections, each chapter, which consists of a double-page
spread, begins with a brief discussion of the topic. Photographs,
diagrams, charts, etc., constitute at least half of the space.
“Fact” sections are highlighted with a distinctive font and
background colour. Plenty of opportunities are provided to get the
reader actively involved; these include true–false quizzes, measuring
to determine if body proportions adhere to the standard, checking your
astrological forecast (be it Western or Chinese), and many others.

Colourful, attractively designed, and liberally illustrated, the book,
with its wealth of information and variety of activities, will provide
young readers with hours of fun and enjoyment. The interactive format
and short sections will be particularly appealing to reluctant readers.
Highly recommended.


Funston, Sylvia., “Who Are You?: Why You Look, Feel, and Act the Way You Do,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 19, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/32004.