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This is a pleasantly illustrated picture book designed to sensitize children to the concept of germs and common ways in which they are spread in a typical child's environment. The main text is followed by a section for "grown-ups and kids to read together." One objection regards information that is not fully explained in the main text, such as the brief mention that "not all germs are bad" or the statement that "the three types of germs are viruses, bacteria, and fungi" in the supplemental section. Adults who have forgotten their high school biology would definitely welcome further discussion and examples of the three types and of "good" germs. The discussion of the proper sneezing technique does not provide enough guidance (illustrations of ambiguously defined gestures marked "[sneeze] like this"), although the adult-mediated section addresses these techniques in more detail. Adults will have to provide or elicit concrete examples for numerous concepts introduced in the book. A misprint should be noted: the book notes that a germ can live on surfaces for up to "two hours," but some common germs remain viable for two or more days. Despite these shortcomings, this is a useful book for initiating adult-mediated discussion in nursery school, day care, or other high-traffic environments. 2006, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 4 to 7.
—Deborah Dysart-Gale
School Library Journal
PreS-This title provides short, descriptive instructions for inhibiting the spread of germs. However, while Verdick does an excellent job of describing how to get rid of germs, she never touches on what they are or what they do, aside from a small note by a teddy bear doctor stating that "Germs can make you sick." Simple colorful cartoons clearly depict the action. Some well-presented tips for parents and teachers on ways to use the book effectively with preschoolers and how to prevent the spread of germs at home or at school are appended. This book is a good choice for teaching youngsters the basics about hygiene, especially if used in conjunction with other materials that present germs and sickness in an age-appropriate manner.-Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417734290
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 34
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    Germs Are Not for Sharing is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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