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Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs Hardcover – May 16, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-The TV "Science Guy" presents a clear, concise overview that most children will enjoy. Nye covers bacteria, viruses, how germs travel and attack humans, the immune system, and the history of the pox, plagues, and other little diseases. He touches on how germs were discovered, vaccinations, antibiotics, HIV and AIDs, keeping safe and germ free, and why we love and hate germs. Activities are included at the end of each chapter. The step-by-step experiments conclude with a short explanation of how, what, why, when, or where. The author is a natural teacher and writes in an easygoing, smoothly flowing style. Fun and inviting cartoons and full-color photos appear throughout.-Donna Marie Wagner, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX
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Gr. 4-7. Television science personality Bill Nye makes plenty of appearances in this large-format volume, with his photo on most double-page spreads and a tiny picture of his face above each page number. But even for kids who aren't Nye fans, the book offers a pretty good introduction to bacteria and viruses. The approach is lively and colorful, with many excellent photos and jazzy-looking drawings illustrating objects, ideas, and processes. Unlike the many nonfiction books with more graphic style than verbal substance, this one does a good job of explaining things (even those that aren't seen) and offering activities that give children worthwhile, hands-on experiences. Though there is no index, readers can use the clear table of contents to locate general topics such as bacteria, viruses, the immune system, vaccination, antibiotics, and the discovery of germs. Tips on hygiene emerge naturally from the discussion. Nye keeps the treatment light as well as logical, making this a good bet for science collections. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786805439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786805433
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I homeschool my 8 yr old daughter, and we are working through this book week by week. There are 12 or 13 topics, each with a couple of pages of kid-friendly but informative writing, then a short experiment or activity. My daughter loves it! The book is not only fun, it is a great way for kids to learn.
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I LOVE this book. My ten year old is so excited about germs, and science in general, and this book delivers so much information in a way that is easily understood by her. It has cool "experiments" to try out some of the stuff it talks about like making an at home germ growing petri dish. I would even recommend to adults who want to learn about germs. I am enjoying the book almost as much as she is!
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This book seems slightly unbalanced to me. The readings are for middle schoolers or late elementary while the experiments are great for 1st and 2nd graders. Otherwise, it is very factual and fun.
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By Tabetha George on December 15, 2012
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This is a great book for the older children at the elementary school that I work at. Looking forward to trying the experiments.
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