Fighting Germs (Key Readers, purple level)
With germs attacking from all sides, what does the body do? What does it do to fight infection and how does the HI virus trick the immune system? Illustrated by Ian Lusted. Ages 7-10.
paperback, 14 pages
Published 2006 by Shuter and Shooter, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Jun 02, 2008 LeAnne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Fighting Germs briefly explains the physical means of keeping germs out of the body such as tears and mucous, etc. before going into how the immune system fights measles, and why it fails to work with flu. T-cells, B-cells and macrophages are show as little police, soldiers and kids on skate boards, while HIV is a sneaky skeleton that possesses the Helper T-cells. The pictures are small and not suitable to a large group, but otherwise it is good as far as it goes. However, the book ends by sayin...more
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