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Germ Zappers (Enjoy Your Cells) Paperback – October 25, 2001


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  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Enjoy Your Cells (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 1 edition (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879695986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879695989
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mars Violet on November 6, 2006
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Our immune systems have so many ways to protect us from intruders that the average adult (that'd be me) would have trouble digesting all the information. Only with the right approach can authors successfully write a book intended for children on this challenging topic.

This book is on the right track. Even the title, Germ Zappers, lends excitement to the topic. The eye-pleasing colors and comic details of the illustrations make the subject approachable. The text humorously reminds children of their own experiences of feeling sick or suffering an allergic reaction. These familiar experiences ease the transition into the unfamiliar territory of neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, lymphocytes and dendritic cells (helpful pronounciation guides follow each cell name). Viruses and bacteria are explained as well as vaccines, antibiotics and antibodies. This book manages to convey the details of immune system while continually relating the science to human experiences, particularly those familiar to children.

According to my five year old, one of the highlights of the book is when spider-like viruses shoot across a school bus and proceed to 'chomp through the protecting mucus' of the lungs. His eyes bulge when we read about the immune deficient children living inside plastic bubbles with sterilized toys and sanitized food. He also enjoys hearing about why we get those pain-in-the-rear preventative shots and how vaccines helped eradicate smallpox from the world (he's impressed with the scar I have from the smallpox vaccine).

When the subject is this complex kids rely heavily on the visual cues offered in the illustrations. Unfortunately, all the different 'germ zapper' cells look like sunny side up eggs with bright blue yolks and pale blue 'whites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. DuPar on July 8, 2008
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Frances Balkwill has the ability to write about science without making it seem to science-y or over kids heads. Mic Rolph's pictures are fun and draw kids in to the ideas. This book explains cells, proteins, DNA, as well as some current genetic hot topics. I use these with junior high students. They are always engaged in the topic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Walsh on October 12, 2009
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My almost 4 year old loves this book - he's very interested in the body and figuring out his world. This book perfectly puts things at his level. It explains all the different parts of the immune system well and also vaccines, viruses, and bacteria. he also enjoys the double meaning/language jokes after I explained them to him. I recommend this for any kid who is curious about the world they live in (isn't that every kid?). Also recommend the book "Alive" by DK publishing - fabulous pop-up book on the body. Alive: The Living, Breathing Human Body Book
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By Melinda Surett on March 29, 2014
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wonderful book written in child language my grandson loves and is learning so much with these books and ideas, keeps his mind imagining
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There are few children I've met that don't like this book. It gives great examples of what it is like to feel sick and affected by germs. This book has been effective when paired with hand washing lessons, lessons about hand sanitizer and when speaking about infection control in general (to the younger crowd). Every classroom should have a copy to be shared periodically.

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