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Viruses

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Feel healthy? Germ free? Guess again. Invaders are slinking around your body right now, ready for a chance to replicate. These little invaders are big trouble in tiny packages. Viruses are everywhere. In Viruses, Discovery Channel takes you inside a virus to discover that there is nothing ordinary about these tiny troublemakers.

Discusses viruses, including their physical characteristics and some of the diseases they can cause.

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Overview

Feel healthy? Germ free? Guess again. Invaders are slinking around your body right now, ready for a chance to replicate. These little invaders are big trouble in tiny packages. Viruses are everywhere. In Viruses, Discovery Channel takes you inside a virus to discover that there is nothing ordinary about these tiny troublemakers.

Discusses viruses, including their physical characteristics and some of the diseases they can cause.

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Who would have thought viruses were fun? Okay, viruses aren't, but this book makes learning about them a good time. This book begins with a humorous interview with the, dare we say it, "common cold" virus (that doesn't like to be called "common"). Topics covered include pox, warts, flu, other viruses and the history of vaccines and how they work. Plus, intriguing facts, a "Solve-it-Yourself" mystery, a variety of activities, and career information are included. Just the right amount of terms are introduced for this age level. Colorful photographs and illustrations fill the pages. The only problem with this well-written book is the layout. It is overwhelming. Since the topic isn't high-interest (for most people), getting a reader to dive into so much text with so little rest for the eyes is intimidating. Fortunately, once the engaging text takes hold, most will keep reading. This is the best book in the "Discovery Channel School Science Universes Large and Small series." 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 12 to 15.
—Ruth Buchholz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836833751
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Discovery Channel School Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Viruses 4
At-a-Glance
Get a Life 6
Q&A
Pox and the People 8
Scrapbook
Warts and All 10
Almanac
Ah-choo! 12
Virtual Voyage
Ready for Your Close-up 14
Picture This
The Deadliest Month 16
Amazing but True
Little Things Count 18
Timeline
Just One Bite 20
Eyewitness Account
Cracking the Crippling Killer 22
Heroes
Ebola Fever 24
Scientist's Notebook
Are Viruses in Your Future? 25
Careers
It's a Small World 26
Map
A Southwest Plague 28
Solve-It-Yourself Mystery
That's Catchy! 30
Fun & Fantastic
Final Project: Designer Viruses 32
Your World, Your Turn
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