All around the world in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant s antenna. Read more...
All around the world in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant s antenna. They re busy doing all sorts of things, from giving you a cold and making yogurt to eroding mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. If you could see them with your eye, you d find that they all look different, and that they re really good at changing things into something else and at making many more microbes like themselves From Nicola Davies comes a first exploration for young readers of the world s tiniest living organisms."
- ISBN-13: 9780763673154
- ISBN-10: 0763673153
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Zoologist and children’s author Davies (Outside Your Window) adds another book about the natural world to her extensive repertoire as she introduces microbes to readers. A straightforward narrative packed with comparisons sheds light on “the invisible transformers of our world,” while clever, inviting watercolors help put those comparisons into context. Sutton’s paintings, reminiscent of mid 20th-century children’s book art with their subtle hues and naïve styling, lend a nostalgic, almost cozy feel to the pages. In one spread, smiling, waving people in a skyline full of towering buildings illustrate the idea that “A single drop of seawater can hold twenty million microbes. That’s about the same as the number of people in New York State.” Another spread contains circular vignettes like petri dishes under a microscope, each with a different microbe: “Some are skinny. Some have wiggling tails. Some look like daisies.” An apparent brother-sister duo appear throughout—getting stomachaches, gardening—to demonstrate the connection between these ubiquitous microbes and human life. Davies and Sutton illuminate the world of germs, fermenters, and composters in a charming, succinct package. Ages 5–8. (Aug.)