Academic journal article Language Arts

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

Academic journal article Language Arts

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes Written by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Emily Sutton Candlewick, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-07636-7315-4

Did you know that there are tiny creatures living everywhere? A single drop of seawater holds twenty million microbes, the same number of people who live in New York State. This fascinating nonfiction picturebook introduces children to microbes that are too small for their eyes to see except with the aid of a microscope. Zoologist Nicola Davies describes microbes in simple and inviting text. Microbes live in the sea, on land, in the soil, and in the air. They also live where nothing else does, such as in volcanoes, inside rocks, or in the backs of our refrigerators.

The folk art watercolor illustrations will help readers visualize and compare one of microbes, the polio virus, to one of the biggest- the paramecium. The book goes on to explain that microbes eat anything from live plants to dead animals. …

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