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Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive Kindle Edition

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Length: 128 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 9 - 12 Grade Level: 4 - 7
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Columbus sailed the ocean blue—transporting smallpox, syphilis, and scurvy, too! This title offers a tour of diseases through time, from old-world plagues, poxes, and pestilences to the contemporary global epidemics of AIDS/HIV, H1N1, and SARS. Sisters Love and Drake take a lighthearted narrative approach to this tragic saga, which is accompanied by Slavin’s colorful and often comical illustrations. Dramatic scenarios, news stories, and even fables personalize and contextualize the accounts of human devastation throughout history, and biographical sketches of notable scientists and health-care workers, including Louis Pasteur and Florence Nightingale, add further interest. A brief glossary and index may leave young researchers wishing for more extensive back matter. Still, this overview will fascinate many and leave them pondering the hygienic behavioral changes that pandemic-surviving societies have achieved. As the authors state, clean living is “the reason you’re alive.” Feeling lousy? Wash your hands long enough to sing the alphabet. Really. Do it now. Grades 6-9. --Gail Bush


SHORTLIST Outstanding Youth Book for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association Book Awards

Praise for Talking Tails:

"...succinctly and effectively infusing facts ... informative..." - School Library Journal

"Bill Slavin's lovely illustrations are a perfect match for the chatty, lively text." - Resource Links

"Talking Tails will be a popular gift book. Give it to young readers with or without pets so they can discover the rich connection to be found in the right pet relationship.... Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

Praise for Yes You Can!

"Drake and Love ... seek to inspire and embolden budding social activists with a nine-step model for change.... The historic timelines successfully demonstrate the long history surrounding the themes explored ... a model for activism...." - Recommended, CM Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 13269 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BE2588W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LibStaff2 on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This children's/young adult non-fiction book is entertaining, informative, and interesting. It's well-written for the intended audience. The introduction includes some general prevention tactics and a large part of the book details the history of pandemics. These sections are broken into different time periods with quirky facts throughout. A good read for adults too. A perfect selection for libraries, schools, and any reader interested in the subject.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SeussFan on September 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Why would a kid want to read a book like this, with a big red cover and two skulls illustrated on the front? Precisely because it has two skulls on the front and promises to offer up some factoids that will gross out your friends and horrify grownups. The astute child will also figure out that there is a fair bit of science and history wound up in humankind's struggle with pandemics.

Authors Love and Drake have put together a remarkably detailed and engaging account of different pandemics here. A reader can find here the story of the major illnesses that have plagued the populace: leprosy, black death, bubonic plague, smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, Spanish flu, polio, and AIDs. It makes a person glad to live in these times. Though we haven't conquered all these diseases, sanitation and medication have gone a long way towards reducing the number of people who suffer from these horrific diseases.

The book also covers some lesser-known illnesses such as the English Sweat and a strange disease which led people to "dance."

Though I've read a fair amount of fiction set during the plague years, I still ran across things I hadn't known before, and which added context and a deeper historical understanding. Who knew that Mongolian marmots first carried The Black Death? Mongolians wisely steered clear of a dying colony. The Chinese skinned them and sold the furs, spreading the disease to the rest of Eurasia. And now I know that black cats were considered unlucky because they came from the East, where the plague originated.

The book also chronicles the slow, halting steps people took towards understanding what caused these pandemics and how they spread.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kellswitch on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An overall entertaining and educational book about the various viruses, epidemics and plagues that have descended upon the human race throughout history.

Considering that this book is aimed at younger readers I felt that they handled the serious and sometimes frightening aspects of this topic with dignity and respect without being overwhelming and kept a good balance between the inherent darkness of the material and not sugar coating it to make it "safer" for younger readers.

There are dozens of illustrations scattered throughout the book, the art is well done and they are fun and helped to both break up the heaviness of the material and support the information being given

They do deal with some controversial topics such as HIV, AIDS, biological warfare and the anti-vaccination crowd. By my standards they handled these topics very well and would make a good starting point for conversation but I would recommend parents/adults take these topics into consideration and be ready for them before allowing their child to read this book.

Even thought the stated age is 9 and older I would still recommend considering the personality and tolerance level of the child in question before having them read this as it does deal rather directly with death and suffering and each child has their own limit and I would strongly suggest reading it first so you can be prepared for the questions or concerns that will be forthcoming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prepper10 on October 5, 2013
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Why only 4 stars? This is definitely for older children and even adults--not younger kids. That's because of the complexity of the language and the subject matter. Also, while this is a "children's book," the lack of documentation and references to primary sources is irritating and somewhat suspicious. The illustrations are lively, but not inspired. They seem a bit too predictably subordinate to the text.

Overall, the work is well written and interesting. It's full of information that couldn't be more important in an age when young adults often don't bother to even wash their hands, let alone stay home when they're sick, get a flu shot, or even cover their coughs. We're facing an antibiotic apocalypse, thanks to the way they are overused in animals, and we're due for H5N1, H7N9, some coronavirus, or "God knows what" to spread globally before politicians and incompetent governments can do squat. Are you ready to quarantine yourself and your entire family in your house for SIX MONTHS until a vaccine of questionable effectiveness is available? What about when the workers at the power company, water treatment plant, and grocery store are doing the same? This is no fantasy, and it pays not to stick your head in the sand. Unfortunately, scientists and journalists are doing a lousy job of educating anyone. This is infinitely superior, for example, to the CDC's own "Zombie Pandemic" graphic novel train wreck.

This book is a good place to start learning, especially if you don't have time for some 400 page tome.
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