Hello, friends! Our book today is My First Book of Microbes: Viruses, Bacteria, Fungi, and More by Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferrón and Eduard Altarriba, fourth book in the pair’s nonfiction My First Book of Science series.
What are microbes? Well, they’re viruses, like the kind that get you sick. Or algae, like we see in the water. Some are single-celled protozoa or fungi, and some are microorganisms that live on our bodies! In fact, that’s the most surprising fact of all: microbes are all alive! This colorful compendium of tiny science walks the reader through the fascinating world of the smallest living beings on earth.
A timely addition to a STEM-tastic series. Those who appreciate the previous My First Book of Science titles will already be familiar with Ferròn and Altarriba’s educational and visually-entertaining style, combing eye-catching spreads with tons of fascinating and in-depth scientific information. In addition to exploring microbes themselves, the text dives into other “tiny science,” like microscopic animals such as water bears, how antibiotics and vaccines work, and how to stop the transmission of viruses and bacteria. At a time when young readers are surrounded with a great deal of misinformation on the spread of diseases and infections, this is a welcome addition. The length and content make this one best for older elementary or middle-grade readers, but JJ enjoyed many of the subjects we looked at, especially the quirky illustrations. Another stellar STEM title from a tried-and-true series, and we liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)