Tiny creatures : the world of microbes (#0918QP1)

by Davies, Nicola; illustrated by Sutton, Emily

10 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2014
Publisher out of stock indefinitely.
Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Dewey: 579; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 4.7
AR 4.7 LG .5 169897EN; RC 7.6 1; LEX AD680L; F&P O


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FollettBound Sewn Candlewick Press, 2016

USD 14.57

Paperback Candlewick Press, 2016

USD 7.54

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A picture book that explores the different microbes that inhabit the Earth and examines the varied jobs they do.

From the Publisher
Find out how the smallest things on the planet do some of the biggest jobs in this intriguing introduction to the world of microbes.

All around the world -- in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body -- there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant's antenna. They're busy doing all sorts of things, from giving you a cold and making yogurt to eroding mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. If you could see them with your eye, you'd find that they all look different, and that they're really good at changing things into something else and at making many more microbes like themselves! From Nicola Davies comes a first exploration for young readers of the world's tiniest living organisms.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Dewey: 579
  • Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • Tracings: Sutton, Emily, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-7315-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-7315-4
  • LCCN: 2013-953401
  • Follett Number: 0918QP1
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 4.7
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.7
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 169897EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 7.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD680L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: O

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist starred, 06/01/14
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 09/01/14
  • Christian Library Journal, 09/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 06/01/14
  • Library Media Connection, 01/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 05/26/14
  • School Library Journal starred, 07/01/14
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 05/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (June 1, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 19))
Grades K-3. Who wouldn’t be fascinated by organisms that can eat anything: plants, animals (alive or dead), even oil and rocks? English biologist Davies introduces the strange realm of microbes: their minute sizes, their vast numbers, their diverse forms, and their varied roles in shaping our world. Simply written and concise, the text opens with comparisons that describe just how small these microorganisms are, noting that the picture of an ant would need to be as big as a whale in order for the millions of microbes on its antenna to be visible. While the analogy comparing the number of microbes in a teaspoon of soil to the population of India may be challenging for some young children to grasp, the colorful painting illustrating the idea could serve as a jumping-off point for further discussion. The information that some microbes cause illness is placed within the context of the many amazing things they accomplish. Reminiscent of Alice and Martin Provensen’s artwork in its combination of formal structure and amiable tone, Sutton’s large-scale illustrations help children to visualize microorganisms and processes that are too small to see. The sequence of simple images illustrating multiplying microbes is quite effective. A handsome and rewarding picture book about the power of tiny creatures.

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