Little Monsters: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us

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Award winner Albert Marrin answers the question: "What's eating you?" - literally

From nonfiction master Albert Marrin, here is the shocking story of the longest running war of all time: man versus parasite. From fleas, ticks, lice, and bedbugs to worms, mites, leeches, and maggots, Marrin explains what parasites are, how they invade our bodies, and their effects for good or ill. At their best, parasites have saved limbs and lives; at their worst, they've been responsible for ...

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Little Monsters: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us: The Creatures that Live on Us and in Us

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Overview

Award winner Albert Marrin answers the question: "What's eating you?" - literally

From nonfiction master Albert Marrin, here is the shocking story of the longest running war of all time: man versus parasite. From fleas, ticks, lice, and bedbugs to worms, mites, leeches, and maggots, Marrin explains what parasites are, how they invade our bodies, and their effects for good or ill. At their best, parasites have saved limbs and lives; at their worst, they've been responsible for the deaths of billions of people and altered the course of human history. With photographs and illustrations throughout, this exploration of the hidden world exposes the creatures responsible for making our skin crawl - since the beginning of time.

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Publishers Weekly
With humor, eloquence, and smart analysis, Marrin (Years of Dust) looks into the surprisingly complex relationship between humans and parasites. While discussing the pests responsible for spreading plague, malaria, and typhus (and human efforts to combat them), he also points out the benefits provided by certain parasites. There’s a definite ick factor at work (one of many b&w photographs gives a closeup view of a leech on a man’s fingertip; another image depicts a Guinea worm emerging from a blister in its host’s foot), but even squeamish readers should appreciate the clear, balanced approach to exploring some of our more unpleasant cohabiters. Ages 9–12. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Little monsters such as fleas caused the Black Death known as the Plague in the Middle Ages while mosquitoes continue to cause deadly malaria epidemics. These creatures and other parasites have altered the course of human history through their infections. Detailed illustrations and images show the science and history of these smallest predators. The impact of fleas, ticks, lice, bedbugs, worms, mites, leeches, and maggots is scientifically addressed. This is a balanced presentation of both the good and bad effects of these parasites, and the human efforts to combat the latter. The Contents listings show the scope of information about these little monsters. The final chapter, "Avoiding Parasites," provides definitive ways to maintain good health. A page noting Further Reading cites references for the History and Science of Parasites and the History of Parasitic Diseases. The Bibliography provides extensive references for further research. Internet Resources defines web navigation for current information. An Index gives easy navigation through the text. Since this book is so in-depth scientifically, a glossary would have helped to define some of the scientific terms. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422624
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 526,573
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Marrin is a much-decorated historian and writer whose most recent book, Terror of the Spanish Main, was called "addictive reading" in The Horn Book. He lives in Riverdale, New York.

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