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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

Spring 2015 Non-Fiction
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Emily Sutton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763673154
Hardcover Price: $15.99

Chances are, most adults see the word "microbes" and link it to one disease or other. This introduction to the infinitesimal creatures that dominate our world (twenty million to "a single drop of seawater"), by zoologist and author Nicola Davies (Surprising Sharks, Extreme Animals) and illustrator Emily Sutton, is an engaging eye-opener. Microbes, Davies informs us, "live everywhere," in volcanoes and rocks, "at the back of your fridge…" and "on the outside and inside" of all living things. Some make us sick, some keep us well, some help us breathe, some "wear down mountains and build up cliffs." They are also "invisible transformers," Davies notes, as food becomes compost, milk turns into yogurt, rocks become soil. And a few can make us sick indeed. In words and pictures, this is fascinating stuff, presented with child-appropriate clarity and a sense of shared discovery.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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