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Germs Make Me Sick!

First Sight S.

By (author) Melvin Berger
Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: A & C Black (Childrens books)
Published: 13th Apr 1989
Dimensions: w 225mm h 175mm
Interest age: 6-8
Reading age: 6-8
ISBN-10: 0713630922
ISBN-13: 9780713630923
Barcode No: 9780713630923
Part of a series which is intended to start children thinking scientifically about everyday phenomena, this book unveils the germs behind the illnesses and explains how a healthy body can come under attack.

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Where Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Germs (1983) focused on the organisms themselves and showed them in real electron-microscopic photos, Berger concentrates on the experience of being a little sick, going to a doctor, and so on, while Hafner's breezy drawings of sick kids and medical workers set a nice, cheery tone. But this is no sugar-coated placebo: At a younger, lighter level Berger and Hafner provide a manageable introduction to bacteria and viruses and how each of the two forms attacks cells and makes "you" feel sick. The text mixes information with reassurance, noting that "your body [skin; nose hairs] keeps germs out most of the time"; that white blood cells and "chemicals called antibodies" fight them when "some germs do slip in every once in a while"; that doctors can kill bacteria with drugs and prevent some virus diseases with shots; and that "Germs do make you sick - sometimes. But you can help yourself be as fit as a fiddle all the rest of the time." A non-threatening first exposure, administered with a pleasant bedside manner. (Kirkus Reviews)