The snow is falling…again! Here in Amherst, New Hampshire, we were clobbered by a huge blizzard just a few days ago and, as I look out my window, it seems Mother Nature is giving us an encore.
So it’s nice to be inside, cozy and warm, sharing my Perfect Picture Book Friday review with you.
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Emily Sutton
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2014)
Ages: 5 and up
Themes: Science, health, the world around us
“You know about big animals, and you know about small animals…but do you know that there are creatures so tiny that millions could fit on this ant’s antenna?”
From Amazon: “All around the world — in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body — there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant’s antenna. They’re busy doing all sorts of things, from giving you a cold and making yogurt to eroding mountains and helping to make the air we breathe. If you could see them with your eye, you’d find that they all look different, and that they’re really good at changing things into something else and at making many more microbes like themselves!.”
Why I like this book:
- I’ve fallen in love with non-fiction picture books – and this one is a great example of one that is full of fun facts
- The text is engaging – encouraging kids to learn about microbes – and how important it is to wash our hands
- Clear simple colorful illustrations help the young child understand the size differential between microbes and other objects
How a parent can use this book:
- It’s really important for kids to wash their hands – but most of them think it is a pain and a bother. This book will show them how important it is to do it
- Help children understand that even things that are small can be powerful and useful
Kids love to find out about ‘stuff’…I know my grandson loves to do ‘experiments’…anything that includes measuring, seeing how things work, or watching how baking soda fizzes when you add vinegar to it. 🙂 Clean sink drains, anyone?
Great websites with reviews, lesson plans and more:
I hope you are all enjoying my journey into non-fiction picture books this year. If you’d like to read more picture book reviews, please stop by Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday blog…there are more than a dozen new ones today – plus she has a tab on her blog that will take you to over a thousand more! What a fantastic resource for parents, teachers and librarians.
And now for some MORE FUN! I was tagged by a good friend and critique buddy, Carrie Finison, to participate in a Book Love Blog Hop, posting reviews to Amazon and other sites of books I love: https://storypatch.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/announcing-book-love-a-blog-hop.
Authors work so hard to write these wonderful books – so I’m thrilled to help spread the word about them. I plan to post a review to Amazon for every book I review on my blog the year. I’ve already posted Amazon reviews for the four books I’ve reviewed so far this year. If you would like to participate in the blog hop and post a couple of Amazon reviews for children’s books you’ve read, please leave a comment on this post or pm me on Facebook. Ready, set, go!