The Secret Life of Viruses: Incredible Science Facts About Germs, Vaccines, and What You Can Do To Stay Healthy

Sourcebooks Explore. (Secret Life of). Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781728239767.
Gr 2-4–A timely translation that discusses virology in a visually appealing way while respectfully addressing the current pandemic without overwhelming readers. Starting with a top-down view and getting smaller, this book explores the world of viruses from the surface of a bathroom to the immune system fights within our bodies. This title breaks up common misconception and exposes readers to both familiar and unfamiliar viruses with a cartoon-style flair that teaches simple aspects like their characteristics and complex aspects such as their impacts on the body. How a virus spreads and “good” versus “bad” viruses are discussed, but there is also an expansion beyond the microscopic to the macroscopic world. The wider exploration of the impacts of habitat destruction on viral spread imparts a surprising insight and scientific interconnection that sets this book apart from typical biology and medical books for children. There is an omission in the vaccine time line of inoculations, particularly notable small pox examples that predate the 1796 vaccine. Educators will find the ending quiz engaging and an excellent place to connect real life with history and science classes.
VERDICT “The Secret Life of” series is perfect for libraries looking to expand their medical and biological collections for younger readers, and this volume is the perfect topic with which to start.

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