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An American Plague

1793, Philadelphia. The nation"s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city"s residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia"s free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city--and all his papers--while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever"s causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege. Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation"s birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index. More about this book

Mosquito Bite

Grade 3-5–Black-and-white photographs of an evening game of hide-and-seek are interspersed with stunning color-enhanced microphotographs that record the life cycle of another seeker: a female Culex pipiens mosquito looking for a meal. Siy's clear, readable text describes the boy's strategies in avoiding his human seeker and the parallel search of Culex in the growing dusk. Kunkel's exceptional SEM photos provide unbelievable glimpses of red blood cells crammed in a tiny capillary, the feathery scales on a mosquito's wings, and the complex cutting mechanism of its proboscis. A section with further information on mosquitoes and the global health problems they pose, another on microphotography, and a list of further resources are appended. Even if you already own Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Mosquitoes (Holiday House, 1986) or Bobbie Kalman's up-to-date The Life Cycle of a Mosquito (Crabtree, 2004), this title is fascinating for its photography and the informative text and captions. It deserves a place in most collections.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.  More about this book

Moosekitos: A Moose Family Reunion

Kindergarten-Grade 3–The moose with the enormously long "moosetache" returns in another adventure. This time, he organizes a family reunion. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Although Moose wants everyone to spend time together, the extended family members quickly separate to enjoy different pursuits. Only the invasion of a swarm of "blasted buggy biters" can unite the kinfolk as they huddle together in a "moosekito" net woven out of Moose's "moosetache." Cole's bright, pencil-and-acrylic illustrations are busy and full of humor, with words often printed on top of the art. The characters' faces are expressive and packed with personality. Enlarged, colored text in different fonts emphasizes key words. The puns are fun for confident readers, and work well when read aloud. However, Palatini's tendency to use incomplete sentences ("Slid down dales. Snaked through tunnels. Crossed bridges. Rivers. This way. That way") is disconcerting for children who are just beginning to manage language for themselves. Irregular rhythm and occasional rhyme are the author's trademark style, and those who plan to read the book aloud may want to practice a few times. Beware, the repetition of moose puns may give tellers moosecular spasms.–Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.   More about this book

The Chizzywink and the Alamagoozlum

Kindergarten-Grade 3ACountry folks Zeke and Zelda are almost asleep when they hear the ominous voice of the dreaded chizzywink outside their door "Let me in! Let me in! I want to sip your sweet blood! Yum!" To keep harm at bay, they bring in a hound, a hog, and even an alligator to no avail. Finally, they feed sweet alamagoozlum to the creature, who then falls asleep. Readers learn that a chizzywink is a giant mosquito and that alamagoozlum is maple syrup. Bender uses animator's cell vinyl paint to create slightly fuzzy images. The double-page spreads, featuring rich hues of blue, brown, green, and purple, effectively yet playfully portray Zeke and Zelda's dilemma. Images of the giant mosquito with bulging eyes and hairy antenna are dramatic without being frightening. Unfortunately, the patterned story is not as successful as the illustrations. The emphasis on word play includes rhyming that is often stretched; e.g., "whisker" and "tusker." Slang terms stem from different regions of the country. Some young readers will find the word play fun. For others, the unusual terms may be confusing, marring their understanding and enjoyment of the story. Ultimately, this book will work best as a read-aloud. It will find an appreciative, albeit small, audience. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc  More about this book

Do Bed Bugs Bite?

They’re in your yard, your house, and even your bed.  Insects are everywhere!  But have you ever wondered what insects really do?  Look inside to discover more about the amazing world of insects. More about this book


Anoles: the Florida yard lizards

A new book, explains the differences and debunks a number of myths about these and other lizards. And it does so in a humorous, entertaining manner, making it a pleasurable learning experience for oldsters and youngsters alike.  Find out if anoles like to eat mosquitoes! More about this book



Mosquitoes (Bugs Bugs Bugs)


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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears


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Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes In Your Backyard (Backyard Bugs)


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