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Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs! There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses? Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs! There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses? Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful and harmful germs, exploring their discovery; the breakout of historic diseases; the invention of pasteurization, vaccination, and penicillin; and other fascinating details about the world of microscopic organisms. A Christy Ottaviano Book


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Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs! There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses? Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful Come meet the good, the bad, and the ugly—yes, germs! There’s so much to discover about germs. Did you know that germs make your stomach growl as they break down your food? Or that they can travel the world on anything from fleas and ticks to trains and buses? Told from the perspective of Sam the Salmonella, this informative picture book introduces young readers to helpful and harmful germs, exploring their discovery; the breakout of historic diseases; the invention of pasteurization, vaccination, and penicillin; and other fascinating details about the world of microscopic organisms. A Christy Ottaviano Book

30 review for Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diana Long

    Read by the author on PBS Face book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A lively, inventive approach to the subject but it doesn't work for me. Includes a glossary but no other end matter. A lively, inventive approach to the subject but it doesn't work for me. Includes a glossary but no other end matter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    An interesting, fact filled, and germ terms explaining all about how germs, the good, the bad, and the ugly live around, and with us everyday. Sam the Salmonella tell the story from his perspective, and the history of this once powerful dynasty that has roamed all over the world, and continues to be with us.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Neace

    Very well-done picture book. Easy-to-understand take on germs (both the good and the bad). This is a nonfiction book that will not sit gathering dust on the shelves...and it will hopefully remind students about the importance of hand-washing! ;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue Poduska

    How do microorganisms feel about our many efforts to wipe them out? This humorous look at the history of germ warfare attempts to answer that question by showing that germs have always been around us and always will be.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    fun and in depth explanation of germs, in a new way

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A good overview on germs for kids.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    History of germs, both good and bad, presented from the POV of salmonella. Bright, bold illustrations, glossary at the end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    My GOSH James Ransome is talented. He is as perfectly adept at finely detailed, realistic art as he is at crafting kooky, friendly cartoony germs - and in the most lovely, clear and glowing watercolors. This book hits the sweet spot between 'actually informative' and 'too textbook-y' - no easy task! A terrific and entertaining intro to the subject. My GOSH James Ransome is talented. He is as perfectly adept at finely detailed, realistic art as he is at crafting kooky, friendly cartoony germs - and in the most lovely, clear and glowing watercolors. This book hits the sweet spot between 'actually informative' and 'too textbook-y' - no easy task! A terrific and entertaining intro to the subject.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Everyone thinks of germs as bad, right? Well, they're not all bad. There are some good ones that help us make cheese, yogurt, and bread. This book does mention that. The writing is very much like a picture book rather than a nonfiction book. Usually, I like that type of nonfiction. Not so with this one. The pictures make everything look all happy and wonderful, but the wording can be a bit scary. This is how the book ends: "So remember, the next time you sneeze or get a tickle in your throat, thi Everyone thinks of germs as bad, right? Well, they're not all bad. There are some good ones that help us make cheese, yogurt, and bread. This book does mention that. The writing is very much like a picture book rather than a nonfiction book. Usually, I like that type of nonfiction. Not so with this one. The pictures make everything look all happy and wonderful, but the wording can be a bit scary. This is how the book ends: "So remember, the next time you sneeze or get a tickle in your throat, think of us working around the clock fighting, defending, infecting, multiplying. For you. For us. Forever. Influenza, acidophilus, fungi, virus, bug. Just call us germs." That definitely makes it sound like no matter what you do, germs will be there to get you! You can't stop them. They will ALWAYS be there! Gah! Sure, they mention hand washing in the notes in the back that often times get looked over. Also, I judged this book a little more harshly because the second sentence in the book was, "We roamed the earth with dinosaurs." What?? This book is supposed to be about germs, not creationism!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This was a really inventive way to teach kids about germs. It’s told from the perspective of Salmonella (also known as Sam). He tells us about his family, his travels, and even his evil uncles and cousins. I think this is a fabulous book that will be easier for kids to remember. Help them learn why washing hands can be important, but also that germs are nothing of which to be afraid. This husband and wife teams turned out a great book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a wonderful easy overview of germs, both the good (yogurt and bread!) and the bad (yellow fever and black death!) with colorful, witty watercolor pictures. It will hopefully get kids thinking of the huge population of germs they carry around with them under their fingernails. This would be a good one to use for a program about germs.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Graham

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Judaye

  18. 4 out of 5

    Momma Brin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nihal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Luzader

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kiscoe Kat

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay Horwath

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Winward

  30. 5 out of 5

    MaryLibrarianOH

    The colorful illustrations add a playful touch to this informational picture book on the history of germs. I find some of it a little gross but certain kids we love it.

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