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ISBN: 9781570916533
Author: Siy, Alexandra
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Published: July 2007
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Nine kids discover nine different reasons for sneezing--from allergens and dust mites to bright light and viruses. Incredible micrographs magnify the tiny sneeze-inducing irritants, as well as human nerves and neurons, 400 to 222,220 times larger than life.
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Physical Information: 0.43" H x 9.15" L x 9.16" W 45 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Reference, Early Elementary, Biology
Grade level(s): 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #6)
Siy and Kunkel illustrate the many reasons for sneezing with a combination of black-and-white photographs of children and amazing false-color photomicrographs. The book is split roughly in half in coverage, the first half concerned with the things that make us sneeze -- illness, irritants, even bright light -- and the second half with the microscopic human body parts responsible for the automatic sneeze reflex. This combination elevates the scientific discussion, providing detailed explanations of the complex mechanisms involved in sneezing. The micrographs are the star here, reproduced in vibrant colors on black backgrounds (as opposed to the photographs of children on the facing pages, which tend to be grainy and are much smaller than the micrographs). Close-ups of such wondrous items as dander on a cat hair, the nerves responsible for sensing irritants, and different grains of pollen are sharply rendered in high-contrast colors to reveal the minutest details. A list of resources and a glossary are appended. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

Gr 4–6— The first part of this book gives nine reasons for sneezes. A spread is devoted to each one, complete with a black-and-white photograph of an irritated nose or two, paired with a color enlargement of the microscopic component that causes the particular sneeze. Lily's got pollen in her nose; she's shown mid-sneeze. Pollen grains are shown magnified 1,525 times. Other pests include ground pepper, dust mites, mildew, dust, and the flu virus. The large, white text on a black background, while giving a picture-book look, is actually packed with a lot of information. Readers will learn that even bright sunshine can make one's nose get all itchy and twitchy. The text is chatty and inviting. Children are pictured sniffling through their particular sneeze-inducing dilemmas. One section delves into what goes into the making of a sneeze: "A sneeze is a reflex…." A "More About Sneezing" section is quite interesting. For example, people don't sneeze while they're sleeping, and some people sneeze while they pluck their eyebrows. This is a unique selection, good for reports and for browsers.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

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