Former CAC student Carol Donner (Mussetter)’54 generously sent us her fascinating book, “The Magic Anatomy Book” to be shared and enjoyed by our young readers in CAC’s Elementary Library. The story begins when two young children go into their grandmother’s attic on a stormy day and they suddenly find themselves reduced to miniature people who are swallowed by a human whose image they were looking at in an anatomy book found in the attic. And there begins a magical journey through the body, guided by Freewillie, a water droplet (for those in the medical field they would recognize that Freewillie is a play on the medical term “free water”). Through their adventures, they gain a complete understanding of how the body works: how the millions of messages that control the body are transmitted to and from the luminescent webs of the brain, why the stomach does not digest itself, how foreign invaders are engulfed and destroyed by the fierce army of the immune system, how the eye receives images and transmits them to the brain, how oxygen is absorbed from the misty caverns of the lungs into the blood to be carried to each and every cell. Carol’s talent as a medical illustrator and her clear, suspenseful narrative make "The Magic Anatomy Book" a unique blend of accurate science and fantasy that children and adults enjoy.
Carol received a B.F.A. in Medical Illustration and a Master’s in Surgical Illustration from Ohio State University. She is the author and illustrator of various publications and a frequent contributor of illustrations to major medical and scientific books and magazines, including the Scientific American, and is a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and Society of Illustrators. Carol currently lives in New York City.