Plagues Pox and Pestilence Hardcover – Unabridged, 17 Oct 2011
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Library Media ConnectionWith cartoonlike illustrations and photographs, this title provides a visually appealing introduction to infection and diseases. . . . Each two-page spread is supported by informative sidebars and other notes which are integrated with the artwork. . . . This title will be useful to both science and social studies classes and will demonstrate the changing nature of scientific understanding.
A fascinating and humorous exploration of plagues and diseases throughout history.See all Product Description
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My first major gripe is that the images take over and detract from the text boxes (that had they been highlighted in a separate colour would have helped them to stand out) which in the long run will take the reader a great many views to make their way through and can end up with them becoming lost amongst the towers of data quite easily.
Add to this the text feels too adult orientated (almost as if it was written for the Discovery Channel) which when added to the language felt that it was aimed at an older audience than the 8 year old market which whilst interesting for me, felt that it would end up relegated to the back of a shelf by any child who received it as they will quickly lose interest.
All, this book sadly falls flat on so many levels and I suspect that had I put it together I'd have taken the approach, of looking at a great many successful books like Horrible Histories (written by Terry Deary) or the entertaining writing of Mitchell Symons which keeps the interest as well as passing the information in a fun as well as educative way without coming across as condescending. Finally add to that some diseases mentioned within could give nightmares and it's a title that really should have been better planned.
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Wash your hands.
Wash your hands.
Outstanding book that gives pictorial reasons for that perennial advice: Wash your hands. Great for kids past the age of 10 or so, with not-too-gruesome descriptions of symptoms and death tolls. Really great information about microbiology and disease pathology, and illustrated with giant rats and mosquitoes and flies, fleas, and ticks. You really must read this book. It's real information disguised as fun gross-out.
Makes me want to move heaven and earth to get my family their smallpox vaccinations.