Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive [NOOK Book]

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The Black Death. Yellow Fever. Smallpox. History is full of gruesome pandemics, and surviving those pandemics has shaped our society and way of life. Every person today is alive because of an ancestor who survived--and surviving our current and future pandemics, like SARS, AIDS, bird flu or a new and unknown disease, will determine our future. Pandemic Survival presents in-depth information about past and current illnesses; the evolution of medicine and its pioneers; cures and treatments; strange rituals and ...
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Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive

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Overview

The Black Death. Yellow Fever. Smallpox. History is full of gruesome pandemics, and surviving those pandemics has shaped our society and way of life. Every person today is alive because of an ancestor who survived--and surviving our current and future pandemics, like SARS, AIDS, bird flu or a new and unknown disease, will determine our future. Pandemic Survival presents in-depth information about past and current illnesses; the evolution of medicine and its pioneers; cures and treatments; strange rituals and superstitions; and what we're doing to prevent future pandemics. Full of delightfully gross details about symptoms and fascinating facts about bizarre superstitious behaviors, Pandemic Survival is sure to interest even the most squeamish of readers.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
SHORTLIST Outstanding Youth Book for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association Book Awards

Praise for Talking Tails:

"...succinctly and effectively infusing facts ... informative..." - School Library Journal

"Bill Slavin's lovely illustrations are a perfect match for the chatty, lively text." - Resource Links

"Talking Tails will be a popular gift book. Give it to young readers with or without pets so they can discover the rich connection to be found in the right pet relationship.... Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

Praise for Yes You Can!

"Drake and Love ... seek to inspire and embolden budding social activists with a nine-step model for change.... The historic timelines successfully demonstrate the long history surrounding the themes explored ... a model for activism...." - Recommended, CM Magazine

VOYA - Jennifer Miskec
Parasites, pandemics, pustules, and pox—they are scary, gross, deadly, and utterly fascinating. Told through a combination of historical and speculative vignettes, explanatory prose, and smaller, more focused sections (such as a portrait of an epidemiologist or how a vaccination is made), this sweep through the ages tells the stories of major moments of sickness and death and the scientific breakthroughs that explain them. Readers will enjoy, for example, the graphic descriptions of people self-inoculating against smallpox by grinding up and inhaling smallpox scabs; the no-nonsense explanation of how scurvy victims' skin turns yellowish and rubbery, causing old scars to gape open and bleed; and the honest accounts of how polio caused such panic (and rightly so) that some public places—like pools, parks, theaters, and even churches—were closed to children. From superstition to trial and error to modern medical advances, boils, rashes, fevers, uncontrollable dancing, black vomit, and more are explored in this lively, horrifying, and accurate resource. The book works well because the authors walk the fine line between telling gory and entertaining tales about plagues and pandemics and being serious about the reality of how we have to protect ourselves using proven preventative strategies like hand-washing, staying current on our vaccinations, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. More to the point, the authors trust readers to understand the science of why we need to take the measures we do to stay healthy. Reviewer: Jennifer Miskec
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 4–8—From anthrax to whooping cough, and a host of diseases in between, this book covers a huge range of global epidemics, describing their effects on people and civilizations throughout history. Intriguing facts and historical context are woven together, creating a lively and engaging read in its own right, but, coupled with some gross-out details about pustules, buboes, and a variety of other symptoms, it becomes a must-browse title for most collections. Loosely organized chronologically, the chapters move from speculation/best-guess theories about ancient diseases to more current epidemics, such as SARS and H1N1. Lengthy discussions about the Black Death, smallpox, and tuberculosis incorporate descriptions about medical advances and setbacks, as well as pioneering individuals such as Louis Pasteur and Jonas Salk, who were critical to the eventual control of these pandemics. The writing is lively and easily understood, and many of the chapters are introduced with anecdotes, either fictional or real life, that offer compelling hooks to specific topics. Cartoon illustrations dotted throughout the text add little to the book. A glossary and index are helpful additions, but the lack of a bibliography, source notes, or further reading suggestions are noticeable omissions in an otherwise informative read.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770494992
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,152,542
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Jane Drake and Ann Love are a sister writing duo. Together they have published 33 non-fiction titles for kids. Their first book to hit the bestseller list was The Kids Cottage Book published in 1992. Since then they have written many bestsellers and award winners including Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy, Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World, and, most recently, Talking Tails: the Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets and Yes You Can! Your Guide to Becoming an Activist. Jane and Ann live in the Toronto area. The author lives in Toronto and King, Ontario, Canada.

Bill Slavin has illustrated over eighty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore, The Library Book by Maureen Sawa, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling. Among his many honors, he has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Bill lives near Millbrook, Ontario.
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