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Close to Home: A Story of the Polio Epidemic

2.29  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In the summer of 1952, Betsy sees her vacation fun overshadowed by the spreading polio epidemic, while her mother and other scientists work frantically to develop a vaccine for the crippling disease.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Puffin (first published March 1st 1993)
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Amanda
Feb 28, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
A quick read (53 pages), tells the story of the polio outbreak in 1952 through the eyes of fifth grader Betsy. Through the course of the story, Betsy observes how adults like Leticia's mom try to protect their children from getting polio and learns about how scientists, like her mother are working on a polio vaccine. When her friend gets polio, Betsy visits her and finds out about some of treatments polio patients recieve to help them recover.

Provides a good brief introduction. For a more in dep
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Miss Amanda
Mar 04, 2013 Miss Amanda rated it it was ok
A quick read (53 pages), tells the story of the polio outbreak in 1952 through the eyes of fifth grader Betsy. Through the course of the story, Betsy observes how adults like Leticia's mom try to protect their children from getting polio and learns about how scientists, like her mother are working on a polio vaccine. When her friend gets polio, Betsy visits her and finds out about some of treatments polio patients recieve to help them recover.

Provides a good brief introduction. For a more in dep
...more
Lindsay
Mar 07, 2013 Lindsay rated it liked it
an interesting take on polio in 1952 from the view of a child. i remember reading this as a child and even as an adult it provides a quick look at how people felt about the threat of polio.
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