The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic

by Stephanie True Peters

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Children's Literature
In a little over one year's time the influenza virus of 1918 killed anywhere from 20 to 40 million people worldwide. Despite the rapid growth and extensive toll of this deadly virus, there exists little information today that documents this deadly pandemic. Many people do not take the relatively mild symptoms of influenza very seriously. It can begin with a fever, sore throat, and mild body aches. These symptoms intensify quickly and death from pneumonia can result. This book chronicles the rapid spread of the 1918 pandemic from its inception during World War I to its eventual halt in the spring of 1919. The world today is better prepared to handle a major pandemic, but it is certainly not immune to the influenza virus. Part of the "Epidemic!" series, this book uses everyday language to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the influenza virus and the never-ending efforts to defend against it. 2005, Benchmark Books, Ages 10 up.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Offering riveting information on frightening epidemics, these attractive volumes are exemplary information sources. Each one begins with a discussion of the cause of the disease and the infection process. Subsequent chapters then treat its history and search for a cure, the course it took during a particular time and in a particular place (the United States between 1900 and the early 1960s in Polio, worldwide in 1918-1919 in Influenza, and 1492-1800 in the New World in Smallpox), and eventual success in creating vaccines or, in Influenza, continued efforts to re-create the genetic code for the virus in order to prevent recurrence. Peters makes superb and frequent use of primary sources. The selection of period reproductions and photographs is also outstanding, and the illustrations extend the texts perfectly. Each book also includes an annotated list for further reading and a detailed, accurate index. The author's prose is exceptionally lucid, interesting, and graceful. While Alvin Silverstein's Polio (Enslow, 2001), Virginia Aronson's Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (Chelsea House, 2000), and Tom Ridgway's Smallpox (Rosen, 2001) cover the same turf, none of those titles does it with the style of these offerings.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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