Fighting Disease

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This stunning exploration of disease and medicine is part of the "Working for Our World" series. In 2000, the United Nations took on some of the world's most serious problems and announced the eight Millennium Development Goals. This series addresses the goals by showing the life situations of real children. In this case, the book focuses on disease and prevention both by practical methods—such as mosquito tents—and medical ones, such as more modern vaccinations. While the topic could be depressing, the book is hopeful. Anderson uses direct, easy-to-read language to highlight the issues associated with disease and poverty. "One of the biggest problems of disease is the poverty it creates," she explains, "When someone is ill they cannot work. ...They may become homeless, or they may find they cannot afford to eat properly or buy medicine.... They become trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease." The colorful photos and direct quotes bring the people and their issues up close. And that personal touch is the strongest recommendation of these books. It is hard to relate to problems of people who live a world away. But by using real stories, about real children from many places in the world, Anderson brings these issues and possible solutions home. Backmatter includes a glossary, a list of websites, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597711944
  • Publisher: Sea to Sea Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Working for Our Future Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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