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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

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Find out how the smallest things on the planet do some of the biggest jobs in this intriguing introduction to the world of microbes.

All around the world -- in the sea, in the soil, in the air, and in your body -- there are living things so tiny that millions could fit on an ant's antenna. They're busy doing all sorts of things, from giving you a cold and making yogurt to
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Abbie Stagg
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely non-fiction picture book extremely useful to introduce younger KS1 children to the world of microbes, making a complex topic simple and appealing enough for primary school children to understand. It allows the children to explore the beautiful illustrations and gives them the opportunity to notice the recurring characters on each page. It provides a good opportunity to introduce younger children to science and the world of microbes, early on and in an interesting way. Non-fictio ...more
Vera Godley
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a treat!Years ago children only learned about "germs" and there was no distinction between good and bad germs, size (other than we can't see them, but they make you sick), or the vast universe of germs. No, it was simply not a viable educational subject until somewhere along high school.

In Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes the author and illustrator bring this vast universe of microbes (germs) to the young child - even the non-reader. The book is suitable for non-readers and
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The Styling Librarian
Tiny Creatures – The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton – Non-fiction – This author is ridiculously talented at making topics sound so fascinating and writing them in a way that begs to be read aloud. Interesting to read about the little creatures that do some of the biggest things. Interesting story to share with my students when we’retaking about habitats, creatures, how things work…
Jana
This nonfiction picture book is a terrific introduction to the world of microbiology! The author looks at microbes using kid-friendly, approachable language and beautiful illustrations to compare the size of these creatures to known objects in the world, discuss how they reproduce to grow their numbers very quickly, and some of the results of their activity. This would be an awesome resource to have in my classroom library.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
There aren't many children's books on this topic, so I was pleased to find this an excellent introduction to microbes, explained simply enough so that children can understand. I learned a few things myself! Highly recommended!
Bethe
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Extremely accessible information about an almost abstract topic, made even more so by the illustrations. High read aloud potential - I foresee a companion lesson to an upcoming food chain lesson.
Holly Mueller
My last 2014 Winter #Bookaday! The illustrations are fantastic in this simple picture book about microbes and their role as "the invisible transformers of our world - the tiniest lives doing some of the biggest jobs"
Kendra
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book which celebrates the complexity of microbes and puts them into perspectives that young children can understand. It will spark interest in something many kids haven't learned about beyond "wash your hands so you don't spread germs." I will be sharing it with everyone I can.
Rebecca Honeycutt
Really fascinating, and only a little bit icky. The facts about microbes are presented (both visually and textually) in an age-appropriate way, and the illustrations are attractive and lively. A great "here's why" book for curious kids.
Sarah Brombley
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Fascinating book about how the world is made up. Would be particularly interesting to a child looking to figure out how things work.
Miss Kelly
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read aloud for pathogens unit
Kelley Mitchell
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great narrative nonfiction. I read it to fifth grade, and the amount of hand wiping, face grimacing, gross out was impressive. Not a lot of specific information, but a great introduction to the trillions of tiny creatures that make our life possible.
Fromwordstoworlds
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicola Davies’s book, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton introduces children to the fascinating world of microbes. Having no doubt that the young readers already know a lot about big animals and tiny creatures, Nicola Davies complements their knowledge by inviting them to explore the world of micro-organisms, ingeniously combining scientific facts with great narrative skills.

"Do you know that there are creatures so tiny that millions could fit on this ant’s antenna? So tiny that
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Amy
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nonfiction text in picture book format. Lovely comparisons with the number of people living in various places. Talks about the visual characteristics of various microbes (classification) and how fast they reproduce.
Jenny
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
They can look like spaceships, they can live in volcanos, and they are essential to life on earth. Welcome to the incredible world of microbes. This engaging and child-friendly book effectively brings to life an abstract concept for young readers. Written by zoologist Nicola Davies, the accessible text draws readers in by using amazing facts to introduce readers to the concept of microbes. For example one drop of seawater contains twenty million microbes--approximately the number of people in Ne ...more
Sunday
LOVE THIS BOOK. An accessible introduction to microbes for 1st through 3rd grade. Definitely read aloud to students, pausing for space to “oooo” and “aaah.” I’d even be tempted to use it with older students as an introduction to more complex texts on this topic. Davies, the author, talks to you, the reader, in a conversation-like tone, with clear descriptions and explanations and simple analogies. The pace is gentle, providing the reader time to absorb the ideas–in other words the text is not de ...more
Laura (Amys)
Microbes don't have eyes, heads, legs, branches, roots or leaves but they are living things that we cannot see. There are many types and they come in a variety of shapes. They do a very different things. These microbes help the world in many ways. They might cause you to get sick but they also help break down food into compost, transform milk into yogurt, rocks into soil, recycle dead plants and animals along with many other beneficial things.

This children's book goes on to describe how these m
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Tasha
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are tiny creatures all around us that do the most amazing things! Microbes are too small to be seen by the human eye, but look through a microscope and you enter a world of them. There are microbes like viruses that cause diseases or colds. And there are others that are very good for our health and turn milk into yogurt and compost into dirt. Microbes may be very small but their impact on our world and our lives is very big. This book shows the huge impact they have and how much we need to ...more
Suzanne Jordan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes is a picture book about microorganisms in the world around us. Nicola Davies discusses size, number, types, reproduction, and their affect on us and the world. The book does an excellent job of making a complex topic accessible for young children. For example, she explains that there are 20 million microbes in a drop of seawater which is the same number of people in New York State. Davies explains how powerful microbes are in terms of changing, making, and r ...more
Lisa Sandidge
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book covers what microbes are. The book starts out by telling the reader how small microbes are and how many there are in a single drop of seawater. The book continues on to tell the reader that microbes are found everywhere but are not a human nor an animal. There are many different types of microbes and they have many different shapes and sizes. Microbes eat everything and do this by soaking up what they need through their skin. Microbes multiply quickly, doubling each time. The book tell
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Rebecca Brannon
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This text is a fascinating introduction into the world of microbes. While the text itself would work for K-2, the content and concepts would work well for 3-5. The text discusses the complex nature of microbes. The variance in size, the purpose, and the growth rates. I loved how microbes were described as mostly good and serving a purpose instead of just being described as a one size fits all "germ."
There are so many ways that this book can be used. Firstly, as an informational text to i
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Xinwen Xu
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This book covers what microbes are. The book starts out by telling the reader how small microbes are and how many there are in a single drop of seawater. The book continues on to tell the reader that microbes are found everywhere but are not a human nor an animal. There are many different types of microbes and they have many different shapes and sizes. Microbes eat everything and do this by soaking up what they need through their skin. Microbes multiply quickly, doubling each time. The book tell ...more
Venus
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Children's Atheneum

All around the world, in the sea, soil, air, and even your body, there live millions of tiny little things called microbes. They do all sorts of things like making yogurt to giving you a cold. If you could see them with your naked eye, you would see that they all look different and they are really good at making more of themselves.

This is an unusual topic for a picture book, one that if someone told me they were writing I would have ans
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Martha
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-3-non-fiction
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, what a difficult concept to envision! Author Nicola Davies and illustrator Emily Sutton prove the previous statement erroneous. Using gorgeous paintings of microbes in different shapes, colors, and environments, the author/illustrator team describe how powerful these incredibly tiny particles are in the scope of our life. Their brilliant comparisons,"...a teaspoon of soil can have as many as a billion microbes. That's about the same number of people in the ...more
Shelby Rini
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes is a book explaining what microbes are. It tells the reader that microbes are in pretty much everything, but they are not a human nor an animal. They come in many different types, shapes, and even sizes and they are very hard to see. It tells the reader how microbes eat, grow, and multiply. It also tells the reader how microbes can get people sick by entering our bodies and how important it is to keep healthy by washing our hands and keeping clean. Lastly, i ...more
Sarah
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twin Text: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang (2014)
In You Are (Not) Small, creatures of varying sizes argue about who is small and who is large. More and more creatures are added to the argument causing readers to evaluate what exactly small and large mean. This would make for a great anticipatory text for the study of microbes. In Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, the first page acts as a great text transition with its opening reminding readers that they already know about big and sma
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Meg
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Creatures: the World of Microbes is another fabulous book by Wales author, Nicola Davies. As a zoologist
Davies know the material so that when she leads into the book by saying, "You know about big animals and you know about small animals...but do you know that there are creatures so tiny that million could fit on this ant's antenna?" you are hooked into this book! The illustrations by Emily Sutton create a perfect vision that compliment the factual content of the words. Davies moves u
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Felicia
I'm torn between three and four stars for this book, but that may have more to do with the situation in which it was read, than the book itself. My 2nd grade class had not had school for two weeks due to a teacher work stoppage, and my scheduled visit also happened to be their first day back in the classroom. Non-fiction is almost always a little more challenging than fiction, but it was very hard keeping their attention this week.

The book itself is written on an easy to understand l
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Stephany Rose
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes" is a great book by Nicola Davies. So often we tell children to wash their hands so they do not get germs. This book gives a wonderful written and pictorial explanation of microbes. The illustrations by Emilly Sutton visually aid the text to help children understand what is all around us. This book not only talks about microbes that are bad, but also describes all the helpful things microbes do for people. Simple text and excellent illustrations make this b ...more
Maddie Russell
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Tiny Creatures" introduces readers to the fascinating world of microbes invisible to the naked eye. Exploring the variety of roles the microscopic organisms play within our lives, from making us sick to keeping our intestines healthy, and giving readers an idea of just how tiny microbes truly are through interesting comparisons, Nicola Davies crafted a wonderful piece of informative, yet entertaining nonfiction.

illustrations: watercolor, by Emily Sutton

I have never particularly enj
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