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Germs Make Me Sick! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) (Reading Rainbow book) Paperback – September 7, 1995

4.4 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?This easy-to-read revision of a 1985 title effectively describes the differences between bacteria and viruses and gives other related germy facts. The science is related in simple language and the author uses specific examples that youngsters will readily understand. He explains how germs sometimes "slip in" the body despite defense mechanisms such as skin, nose, and throat. "Your friend has a cold. She sneezes. Germs fly out. You breathe the air. Some of her germs may get into your lungs." Hafner's pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork is attractive and informative, reinforcing the concepts introduced in the text. An interesting addition for libraries not having the previous edition.?Lisa Marie Gangemi, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 2^-3. This revised version of an outstanding Let's-Read-and-Find Out Science title is larger in size than the original book published 10 years ago. There are very few changes in Berger's text, which deals directly with how bacteria and viruses spread infection in daily life and how the body fights back. Hafner's lively color cartoon illustrations are bigger and clearer than in the first version, and some characters and settings are different, but there's the same focus on kids in common situations at home, at school, and in the neighborhood. The new version retains the lively combination of fact and narrative that has made this a great title for easy reading and for sharing aloud. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (September 7, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451543
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My three-year old son really enjoys this book. The book's fairly simple, yet informative account of how viruses and bacteria can make us sick helps to make the abstract concept of germs more concrete for him. As an added bonus, the book gives a plug for handwashing, covering mouths when sneezing or coughing, and not sharing cups that most preschoolers can benefit from. I must also confess that, despite having read the Times Science section for years, I learned quite a bit about viruses and bacteria from this simple, well-illustrated book. A good buy, especially for parents who field a lot of factual queries every day. The Let's Read and Find Out series is a great way to let someone else do the explaining for a change.
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Although this book is thorough in describing the differences between viruses and bacteria, I think it misses an important opportunity to reinforce hygiene...wash your hands, cover your mouth etc. These are given a cursory review on the last page, with no accompanying illustration. I had hoped that this book would help my almost-4-year-old to understand how people get sick, how they get well, and how they can help prevent communicable disease to reinforce what I teach at home. I do not think that the authors did a very good job of meeting those expectations.
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My children, now 19 and 17, loved this book. I guess they were about 6 and 4 when I got it. Whenever they were sick, we read this book and a Sesame Street book called "It's No Fun to be Sick." Reading these books became a comforting ritual, as well as an easy way to learn some basic science.
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We really enjoy reading these book and it is full of awesome information as with all of the "Read and Find-Out Science" books. My only wish is that included reinforcements on HOW to help keep the germs AWAY...wash hands...cover coughs and sneezes...etc. Still a VERY good book and will open discussion on how to help keep the germs away...sometimes it is just good to hear it from someone other than your mother:) Recommended.
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I used this for a hand washing lesson presented to a first grade class for a nursing school project. The kids loved the book, and it was a great way to get them talking about their own experiences and what they knew and didn't know about germs and being sick.
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i got this book for my then-3yo daughter, who asked a ton about how germs work and how our bodies fight them. it was "kinda" enough for her, but then we got cell wars, and that is really a fantastic book. where this book can be hand-wavy, that one is much more detailed and really left her feeling like she understood what was happening in her body. she's 4 now and still rattles off information from cell wars, but we haven't read this book but once or twice since we got the other.
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I bought this book to try and convince my son that washing his hands really is important and I think it has (mostly!) had the desired effect. The science is explained in an easy to understand and engaging way, and I definitely have a better knowledge of the different types of germs than I did before.
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My three-year-old grandson loved the illustrations of the germs in this book and seemed interested enough when I read it to him the first time. The next time I went back to visit, his mother told me that he had informed her that germs make him sick, although at the time he was saying it, he was eating an apple he had just dropped on the ground. Nicely illustrated and not too wordy for a toddler, with a message that may or may not eventually sink in.
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