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A Garden in Your Belly: Meet the Microbes in Your Gut Hardcover – Picture Book, October 6, 2020
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"The bacteria inside the human gut may not be the first thing that comes to mind as a topic for a children's book, but D'yans has made the subject very approachable. The metaphors of a river and a garden are used to describe the intestines and stomach, allowing readers to visualize the microorganisms involved. The text explains how each person's unique mix of microbiota works to fight germs, harvest energy, and even 'influence your thoughts and feelings.' Children are advised to eat healthy foods rather than feed the weeds (the bad microbes). Watercolor illustrations depicting the helpful inhabitants of the 'garden in your belly' show them floating like lotus flowers, leaping like frogs, paddling boats, and talking on telephones. The weeds are rendered in dark colors with jagged teeth. In some scenes, they belch out smoke that chokes the helpers. Back matter balances the whimsical illustrations by offering more detailed explanations of the concepts. There is also a glossary of terms and a page of 'amazing gut facts.' This would be an excellent book to share with a class studying health and nutrition. It could also be suitable for a child who is experiencing gastrointestinal issues and wants to understand what is happening in their own 'garden.' VERDICT A good addition to collections looking to update their biology section."—School Library Journal ― Journal Published On: 2020-09-01
"An attractive primer about the human microbiome.
The nature metaphor begins with the 'river' flowing—one's intestine. This river has tight 'folds and turns,' but if it were stretched out 'it would be ten times as tall as you are!' It feeds and supports the 'garden in your belly.' Tiny, gleeful, googly-eyed microorganisms fill the page. But as one particularly astute microbe asks, 'Where does your garden come from?' D'yans explains how humans collect new microbes with everything they touch or eat. The blobby, kaleidoscopic creatures with wide, inviting eyes appear sweet and safe. Then they settle in to become a garden, blooming and growing (and yes, even sleeping). D'yans stresses the importance of having a variety in one's garden—the microbes all have different shapes and hues, swaying amid the intestinal river. The actual job of a microbe is tricky to explain: 'Your garden microorganisms put out fires and take the garbage out. Sometimes they have adventures and strange encounters. / They can even influence your thoughts and feelings.' D'yans encourages healthy habits: exercise, fresh air, water, and healthy foods to keep one's garden strong. If bad microbes take over, the river becomes polluted—sickly greens and purples bubble up in the illustrations, and the microbes turn darker with large teeth and pointed features. Further exploration into the microbiome is appended. (This book was reviewed digitally with 8.875-by-21.25-inch double-page spreads viewed at 22.5% of actual size.)
A gentle look deep inside."—Kirkus Reviews ― Journal Published On: 2020-08-01
"A Garden in Your Belly's colorful world helped me wake up this morning. This book is as powerful as it is beautiful and that's the minimum!" —Eric Carle
― Other Print Published On: 2020-05-04
- Publisher : Millbrook Press ™; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1541578406
- ISBN-13 : 978-1541578401
- Reading age : 7 - 11 years
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 11.5 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #186,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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Did you know there’s a garden in your belly? Your belly is full of tiny creatures - and they love to eat! Come on a journey through the river of your gut and visit the microbiome, a garden of microscopic creatures that affect your hunger, health, and emotions! Along the way, learn how to take care of your microbes and make a happier, healthier you.⠀
This book teaches about the microbiome in our gut. The colorful alien-like illustrations of the microorganisms captured my heart. This book also teaches us to eat healthily and stay away from junk food. At the end of the book are amazing gut facts. Did you know that your microbiome is as unique as your fingerprints?⠀
A must-read if your kid is interested in STEM-related books or you can start with this one. Thank you @netgalley and @lernerbooks for the eARC.⠀
Category: children’s picture book ⠀
Age: Grade 2 - Grade 5
Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press for a free digital copy.
This was written in a fun, easy to understand way that kids will enjoy.
Thank you Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing this ARC.
This was a very informative storybook about the importance of taking care of the good gut bacteria in your gut. Through unique storytelling we learn what the microorganisms do in your gut and what happens when you feed it bad food. Unique and excellent stem book for kids.