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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes    by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton order for
Tiny Creatures
by Nicola Davies
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

They are all around us, yet we cannot see them without a microscope. Millions of microbes would easily fit on an ant's antenna. In the air, in the soil and in our bodies, microbes are busy doing all sorts of things.

Some of these things are very positive, like making yogurt and creating compost, while other things can make us ill. Microbes come in a variety of shapes too, but you'd only know that if you could view them with special equipment.

Young readers will learn some basic facts about microbes in this simple introduction to these very tiny living organisms. 'Microbes can eat anything: plants, animals (alive or dead), even oil and rocks. They're too small to have mouths, so they just soak up what they need through their skin. That's why the things microbes eat don't disappear in bites. They change, slowly, into something else ...'

An unusual topic for a picture book for children in the early grades, this fascinating volume will open up a whole new world and be an excellent introduction to further study in a science unit. Teachers will certainly want a copy of this book.

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