April 21, 2014

Living with germs

It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes
by Jennifer Gardy

The effervescent Jennifer Gardy, whom you may have seen hosting Daily Planet, introduces kids to the microscopic world of bacteria and viruses with her fun and friendly book. In relatively simple language, she explains how germs can cause disease and profiles some of the better-known germs, such as influenza, measles, and ebola. She also traces the evolution of sanitation, vaccines, and antibiotics, and what public health scientists are doing to keep people safe.

The playful tone and cute cartoons happily make for a different bedtime read that kids can actually get into, even if some of the scientific terms may pose a challenge. While a pronunciation guide may have been helpful, Gardy's first book for children is a contagious success.

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