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Germ Hunter: A Story about Louis Pasteur (Creative Minds Biography) Paperback – January 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This novel-like biography recounts Pasteur's life from his childhood as a tanner's son, through his stormy schooling and early work with chemistry, to his monumental discovery that germs are the cause of many kinds of illnesses. Although Alphin explains the science in easily understood terms, the book is more about the man than his work. However, the author considers how Pasteur might have felt about his scientific struggles and his family tragedies without carefully documenting the sources. This makes the material more readable, but not useful for reports. A short glossary, a perfunctory bibliography, and an adequate index are appended. Verstraete's black-and-white paintings are merely decorative. Beverley Birch's Louis Pasteur: Father of Modern Medicine (Blackbirch, 2001) has informative color illustrations and focuses more on Pasteur's discoveries than his life. It is a better choice for motivated students who are not intimidated by some scientific vocabulary. Because Alphin's book looks and reads like a story, it is less intimidating and is a good choice for reluctant readers.
Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Since her first novel for young readers appeared in 1991, Elaine Marie Alphin published 27 books for young people and one for adults (about writing for young people). Elaine wrote for readers of all ages, from Davy Crockett in Lerner's History Makers series for beginning readers up through teenage mysteries such as Counterfeit Son, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult mystery. Elaine loved research, and that love impacted all of her writing, from biographies for middle grade readers like I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight: A Story About John Paul Jones in the Creative Minds series through young adult fiction such as the history-inspired mystery, The Perfect Shot to the stand-alone nonfiction young adult book An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank.