A beginner's guide to immortality : from alchemy to avatars /

by Birmingham, Maria [author.]; Holinaty, Josh [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, [2015]Description: 48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781771470452 (bound); 1771470453 (bound).Subject(s): Immortalism -- Juvenile literatureSummary: "Do you want to cheat death? If you said yes, then this is just the book you've been looking for-- the guide to immortality! Discover the ways people have attempted to live forever... or died trying" -- Page 4 of cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Is it possible to live forever? People have been trying to figure out a way to escape mortality since, well, forever. This book takes readers on a fast-paced tour of several wacky and wise methods humans have used to try prolonging their lives, from ancient immortality elixirs and quests for a fountain of youth to modern-day research into cryogenics and robotics.<br> <br> Touching on folklore from around the world, famed literary immortals and studies of animals that seem unaffected by aging, the book delves into topics as diverse as genetics, religious rituals surrounding the afterlife and research into basic lifestyle choices, like eating blueberries or getting a pet, that could help you live longer. Each page is a playful mix of fascinating facts that open up cross-curricular topics in history, science and social studies to explore.<br> <br> Illustrations of historical figures, imaginary places and scientific specimens add a touch of whimsy and bring out the beauty, sincerity, and playful side of human curiosity.<br> <br> <br> Informational text features: table of contents, introduction, chapters, sidebars, fact boxes, headers and labels, map, index and sources

Includes bibliographical references (page [2]) and index.

"Do you want to cheat death? If you said yes, then this is just the book you've been looking for-- the guide to immortality! Discover the ways people have attempted to live forever... or died trying" -- Page 4 of cover.

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Horn Book Review

An unconventional and engaging account of the many ways humans have sought immortality throughout world history. Short, well-chosen, entertaining snippets describe the methods of historical, mythical, folkloric, and literary figures who have tried to accomplish this mission impossible as well as the real scientific and technological research happening today. The narratives are accompanied by fanciful monochromatic illustrations that capture their spirit. Bib., ind. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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