“Hits the bull’s-eye with an important message to all children. Wonderfully illustrated. Bravo! Well done!”
—Philip M. Tierno Jr., Ph.D., Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, New York University Medical Center and author of The Secret Life of Germs
“Addresses an increasingly important subject in children’s health. This book should be in every pediatrician’s and family physician’s waiting room and at every childcare center, preschool, and early elementary school.”
—Joseph J. Sockalosky, M.D., Director of Medical Education, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
“The perfect introduction to washing hands for young children.”—Andrea Coventry, Montessori Educator, Andi’s Kids Books Blog
"It's not always an easy feat to teach little ones about morals and the difference between right and wrong. But great news for you author Elizabeth Verdick is her to help you..." —Baby Let's Shop blog
Mom’s Choice Award Finalist—Children’s Book–Educational
MIPA Midwest Book Award—Children
This is a pleasantly illustrated picture book designed to sensitize children to the concept of germs and common ways in which they are spread in a typical child's environment. The main text is followed by a section for "grown-ups and kids to read together." One objection regards information that is not fully explained in the main text, such as the brief mention that "not all germs are bad" or the statement that "the three types of germs are viruses, bacteria, and fungi" in the supplemental section. Adults who have forgotten their high school biology would definitely welcome further discussion and examples of the three types and of "good" germs. The discussion of the proper sneezing technique does not provide enough guidance (illustrations of ambiguously defined gestures marked "[sneeze] like this"), although the adult-mediated section addresses these techniques in more detail. Adults will have to provide or elicit concrete examples for numerous concepts introduced in the book. A misprint should be noted: the book notes that a germ can live on surfaces for up to "two hours," but some common germs remain viable for two or more days. Despite these shortcomings, this is a useful book for initiating adult-mediated discussion in nursery school, day care, or other high-traffic environments. 2006, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 4 to 7.
PreS-This title provides short, descriptive instructions for inhibiting the spread of germs. However, while Verdick does an excellent job of describing how to get rid of germs, she never touches on what they are or what they do, aside from a small note by a teddy bear doctor stating that "Germs can make you sick." Simple colorful cartoons clearly depict the action. Some well-presented tips for parents and teachers on ways to use the book effectively with preschoolers and how to prevent the spread of germs at home or at school are appended. This book is a good choice for teaching youngsters the basics about hygiene, especially if used in conjunction with other materials that present germs and sickness in an age-appropriate manner.-Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.