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 I'm a virus! (Science Buddies (Crown))
 Author: Heos, Bridget

 Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers (2022)

 Dewey: 579.2
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 439930 ISBN: 9780593302934
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Communicable diseases
 Germ theory of disease

Price: $21.88

In friendly, simple text, the most "common" virus, rhino virus (the common cold) explains how viruses work and spread to young children.

 Illustrator: Ciccotello, Mike

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/22)
   School Library Journal (03/01/22)
   Booklist (04/15/22)
 The Hornbook (00/03/22)

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 PreS-Gr 3—A topical primer on viruses and how our bodies fight them, as narrated in the first person by a virus. The narrator seems nice enough, until it enters the nose and starts making a mess of things. Luckily white blood cells and antibodies are there to help the body fight back. This quick read is a great introduction to viruses, with several pages dedicated to information about the novel coronavirus. The illustrations provide easy-to-understand diagrams of cells, virions, antibodies, vaccines, and more. Also included are a glossary of terms, recommendations for further reading, and a bibliography. The host character has brown hair and light brown skin. VERDICT Although a fictionalized treatment, this is recommended purchase for the pandemic and beyond—it's first-class science served up accessibly.—Laken Hottle - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2022 Viruses will always be part of our lives, and this timely entry in the Science Buddies series offers a good overview to young readers. The narrator—an enlarged cartoon virus—is in search of a new host after a sneeze sends it traveling. After landing in a nose, the virus introduces its friend, Cell, and describes how it fits perfectly onto the cell, where it makes a lot more of itself. The easy-to-understand text, accompanied by more up-close cartoons that help illustrate the science, continues with a look at the immune system’s fight against the virus and descriptions of how germs make our bodies feel sick. Following these basics, the virus covers related topics, including colds, COVID-19, vaccines, other virus-prevention methods (handwashing, covering one’s mouth, etc.), and even beneficial viruses. This kid-friendly health lesson concludes with a brief look at smallpox and the development of its vaccine, as well as an infographic of white blood cell defenders. A lively way to discuss today’s viruses with children. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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