Cover Image: The Secret Life of Viruses

The Secret Life of Viruses

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I really enjoyed this brilliantly colored illustrations with the facts regarding viruses throughout history. The story tells of the different kinds of viruses and how some effect humans and some do not. The book even comes with a true/false test that I really had fun with. Definitely recommend this book to kids of all ages. Thanks to #netgalley for the advanced reader copy. I loved it!
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What a charming little book packed with lots of information! The illustrations compliment the text well, and help to present the facts in a child friendly way.

I particularly liked the timeline of viruses in humans, showing the arrival of certain illness throughout history. It was a nice touch. The quiz at the end is also lovely!

I teach about viruses and this would compliment this unit nicely.
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This was a fabulous book! I'm an environmental microbiologist and was pleased to see that the book looked at virus ecology as a whole, at least mentioning their role in global cycles, whereas most children's books about microbiology are purely clinical related. The descriptions are clear and the level of detail is superb! Parents will also get a lot out of reading this one. Around the pages where the rotovirus gut infection was discussed, I got sort of mixed up on the order of how to read it. But otherwise, this book is amazing and so relevant! I will be recommending to my virologist colleagues.
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Very timely for teaching necessary information to help contain the COVID-19. Great illustrations, very fun and eye catching. Fun personifications in the germ illustration. Love the true/false activity at the end and especially the explanations of the correct answers. I would definitely have this in my class library and would happily use this as the base of a curriculum on viruses in my science class.
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This is a fantastic book for our children. It is not overly wordy and has a lot of interesting pictures. It includes facts about various viruses including COVID-19. This would work well for younger children as well as teenagers. I thoroughly enjoyed the timeline and info graphic as well.
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Not bad book for kids! Explains all about viruses, what they are, what they do, how we get them.... It explains how vaccines work to protect us from viruses. Lots of interesting and amusing illustrations throughout the book. I think kids 3rd grade up would find this book helpful. It is rather timely after all. It may help younger kids understand covid.
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A great nonfiction book for kids to learn about viruses! The illustrations were silly, fun, and colorful and there was so much information presented. Because of some complicated scientific terms, I would recommend this book for older children/upper elementary. Of course, it is a very timely book with COVID and it covers that, as well as a lot more (the history of viruses, how they reproduce, how they spread, different types of viruses, etc.). I appreciated that they state that not all viruses are bad and also give tips on how to stay healthy and how to protect the planet. There is also a quiz at the end to remember what you learned!
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This is a interesting little read for children. I really liked the quiz section at the end of the book. The one thing that I did not care for was the illustrations. They were not cute and my kids thought they were kind of scary. Otherwise, it was a fine book for discussing viruses with children.
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This book provides all of the information an upper elementary student could possibly need about viruses. It is thorough and the illustrations are super engaging! I feel parents could learn a lot from the book! My only concern is that while the author states that viruses also do good things, there are significantly more examples of scary viruses and could worry an already anxious child.
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This book provides easy to read and understand information about germs, bacteria, viruses, and vaccines. Children will learn about viruses throughout the ages, the first vaccine for a virus, how helpful viruses work, and how vaccines work. Timely, appropriate, and child-friendly.
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