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Unseen Worlds: Real-Life Microscopic Creatures Hiding All Around Us

What On Earth? Bks. Oct. 2019. 36p. glossary. index. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781999968014.
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Gr 3-7–Microscopic creatures are everywhere; they roam the ocean, live on our skin, and hide in our food. (Think jaw worms that consume fungus, bacteria in the ocean, and flour mites in our kitchen cabinets.) This title explores microscopic animals in 10 distinct habitats. The slightly oversize format pairs well with the illustrations that cover each two-page spread in its entirety. Each spread has an additional foldout component that introduces the habitat and further explains the creatures depicted in the illustration. The scale for each environment being portrayed is indicated, as is the amount of magnification. The truly masterly illustrations are colorful, with meticulous attention to detail; they succeed in being both otherworldly and rooted in scientific fact. Rajcak also includes a history of the microscope and how it works, a section on microorganism classification, and a helpful glossary.
VERDICT This title is a work of art recommended for readers curious about the microscopic world that exists everywhere, from the ocean floor to our beds. Recommended for all libraries.

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