Children's LiteratureNot all germs are bad. Our bodies need certain germs to break down food, but readers will not learn that until they reach the end of the book. The emphasis is on eliminating and reducing exposure to germs. Simple actions such as washing your hands with soap several times a day, not sharing cups and eating utensils, putting food away after a meal, and cleaning up the dishes and countertops, all help reduce the number of germs. Cleaning up a cut and covering it with a bandage will help reduce the number of germs that can enter the body through a wound. Readers will also learn that medicines can help reduce the impact of diseases caused by bacteria but have no effect on viruses--the body must fight them itself. A list of web sites, other books, and a glossary round out this title in the "Pull Ahead Books" series. 2006, Lerner, Ages 5 to 7.