Age Range: 8 – 14 years
Grade Level: 3 – 4
Lexile Measure: 770L
Series: Tiny Creepy Creatures
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Capstone Press (August 1, 2011)
Body Bugs: Invisible Creatures Lurking Inside You
The "Introduction," noting that "your body is home to more than 90 trillion microbes" will grab the attention of lovers of everything gross. Besides bacteria, mites also live on human skin, and while most are harmless, some are parasites. Viruses love nose hair, most of which the body can fight off. Another location for microbes is in teeth, but brushing will get rid of most of them. Some microbes, such as probiotics in the intestines, are helpful but others inhabiting the intestine such as E. coli, which comes from undercooked food or contaminated water, can cause severe illness. Having started with the head, Swanson finishes with feet with foot fungus and 250,000 sweat glands attracting the smelly bacteria that dine off sweat. Again, a glossary, bibliography/webliography, and index end the book.
Hilda K. Weisburg January 9, 2015
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January 9, 2015
Girls will say, "Eww, yuck!" and walk away. Boys will say, "Gross!" and read the series. From the enlarged microphotographs on the covers, the reader's eye is drawn to the topics. Helpful study tools include bolded words defined in a word box, and labeled microphotographs. All books discuss the harmfulness of uncontrolled microorganisms, but also tell about the useful role of the critters. Food Intruders adds historical information about Salem witchcraft and bad bread, the potato famine in Ireland, salmonella contamination, etc. Though most suited for upper elementary, the books would be valuable in middle school for struggling readers. Recommended.
Marion Mueller Library Media Consultant, Rawhide Starr Academy January 9, 2015