Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes
Lesa Cline-Ransome; illustrations by James Ransome
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs!
There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses?
Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful and harmful germs, exploring their discovery; the breakout of historic diseases; the invention of pasteurization, vaccination, and penicillin; and other fascinating details about the world of microscopic organisms.
A Christy Ottaviano Book
Evanston IL Public Library Best Books of the Year
Praise for Germs
An Evanston Public Library Best Book of the Year
"A light and lively education in the world of microorganisms."-Publishers Weekly
"Text, occasionally swirling across the pages, complements the playful illustrations to provide information in clear, child-friendly language. . . Soft, attractive pencil, watercolor, and mixed-media illustrations match well with the text, and their energy enhances the presentation. A useful, rather detailed glossary and a short essay on the value of hand-washing follow, although some listeners may wonder why anyone would want to wash away such cute little critters."-Kirkus Reviews
"James Ransome’s pencil and watercolor artwork is a strong complement to Sam’s narration—capturing the tongue-in-cheek seriousness of a germ with an axe to grind, while fun-loving, multi-hued germs are just regular guys and gals trying to get on with their lives. Yes, you should wash your hands—but have a little remorse." -The Bulletin