Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors of the recent teen volume AIDS: What Does It Mean to You? now bring the message to a younger group. Meant to answer children's questions and help teachers in that task, the book explains how AIDS might have begun, what a virus is and how this particular virus seems to work, the primary risk groups, who might need a test, the search for a cure. Occasional stories of individuals strengthen the work and will help children empathize (e.g., foster care of an AIDS child, a child whose bisexual father is afflicted). Another strength is in crediting the gay community for its role in creating awareness. Even adults familiar with the facts may come upon new information, such as the notion that the disease has a different character in different geographic locations. It would be difficult to convey information about the ravages of the disease in a reassuring manner, but this book manages, thanks to its clear, steady tone, not to terrify most of the time. Ages 8-12. (December)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
The most talked about disease today is unquestionably AIDS. As early as elementary school, children talk about what it is, how it's transmitted, how it can be prevented. Hyde and her colleague, Elizabeth H. Forsyth, M.D., wrote the first edition of this informative and useful book in 1987. It is a complete guide to AIDS written in Hyde's usual clear, forthright style. This book answers questions kids didn't even know they had.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpMuch of the material in this reorganized third edition has been rewritten to include the new treatments, research findings, and statistics. It covers the basicshistory, what the disease is, how it's spread, how it can be prevented, and the need for compassion for the victims. The text is easy to read, but conveys a greater urgency than previous editions. The undistinguished black-and-white illustrations remain the same. There is new information on camps and support groups and a longer reading list and index. This title updates Alvin and Virginia Silverstein's Learning About AIDS (Enslow, 1989; o.p.) and Ethan A. Lerner's Understanding AIDS (Lerner, 1987; o.p.).Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY