I Know how We Fight Germs

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Sam and his mother talk about germs, viruses, and bacteria, including how the body fights harmful germs and uses germs that are helpful.

Sam and his mother talk about germs, viruses, and bacteria, including how the body fights harmful germs and uses germs that are helpful.

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Overview

Sam and his mother talk about germs, viruses, and bacteria, including how the body fights harmful germs and uses germs that are helpful.

Sam and his mother talk about germs, viruses, and bacteria, including how the body fights harmful germs and uses germs that are helpful.

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Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
"ATCHOOOOO!" Sam's giant sneeze is how this book begins. He has a cold and is blowing cold germs out of his body. As Sam and his mom do yard work, she explains how our bodies fight germs-both viruses and bacteria. Their dialogue and the illustrations are very entertaining. This book tackles a complicated topic and successfully renders it comprehensible to young children. The simple language and diagrams complement each other perfectly. Readers both young and old will learn from this great book!
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The Sam's Science series (see Maynard, above) introduces Sam, who has a cold, and who sneezes; his mother explains why he should catch his sneeze in a tissue-a germ from a sneeze can spread up to ten yards, "as far as three elephants standing in a line." Sam and his mother discuss how people get colds; how the body fights germs; the components of blood, including white blood cells that zap germs and eat bacteria; how scabs keep the bacteria out, and much more. While they talk, Sam imagines the white blood cells as smiling white cotton balls with striped legs, running after the toothy orange germs, the chicken pox virus has spots, while the bacteria, which McEwen shows as pickle-like and with legs, is running from the white blood cells. Rowan packs a lot of information into this useful title, enhanced by the humorous illustrations. It's a lively and inviting introduction to colds and germs-and science-for the sniffle-prone picture-book set. (Picture book. 6-10) .
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763605032
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/1999
  • Series: Sams Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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