Microbiology : it's a small world! (Basher Science) (#0550NU3)

by Green, Dan; illustrated by Basher, Simon

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Paperback Kingfisher, 2015
Price: USD 9.61
Description: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Dewey: 579; Audience: Middle School; Reading Level: 8.3
From the publisher: Grades 5-9; Ages 10-14


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Simon Basher's visual primers to fields of scientific study create a community of smart and charming characters that represent the basics. First person narratives describe each concept, system or object, and quirky illustrations visually interpret those ideas.

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May include pull out poster.;Includes index. Combines science and art to create a simple way for students to learn about microbiology.

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This latest book from the Basher Science series investigates the unseen world of microbes. Basher's distinctive style presents key microbes as characters with their own voice and personality. Microbiology investigates the "teensy tykes" such as algae and bacteria that are all around us in the living world, as well as a range of so-called "minibeasts," but these are not the usual creepy-crawlies that you might think of. These near-invisible creatures range from the zooplankton "good guys" to the unpleasant tapeworm and fluke. Yuk

Microbiology explains the different building blocks of the human body, as well as the nasty bugs that can make us so ill, whether it's catching a common cold or something much more deadly such as tuberculosis, the second biggest killer in the modern world.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Series: Basher science
  • Dewey: 579
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
  • Tracings: Basher, Simon, creator, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7534-7194-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7534-7194-4
  • Follett Number: 0550NU3
  • Reading Level: 8.3
  • Audience: Middle School
  • Grades: 5-9
  • Ages: 10-14

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide (Spring 2016)
Written by Dan Green. The pun-laden prose of this handbook accurately introduces microbes, or "bugs." Group color-coding of topics like "Bacteria Basics" is repeated throughout as individual subtopics speak for themselves (e.g., Helminth: "[I'm] A squirmy, wormy bag of fun..."), and anthropomorphized cartoon illustrations reinforce the point (Thermophile wears a hazmat suit). Standard data, such as capabilities and year discovered, accompany each subtopic. Glos., ind.

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