“Sutton’s large-scale illustrations help children to visualize microorganisms and processes that are too small to see. . . . A handsome and rewarding picture book.” — Booklist (starred review)
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 eroding mountains and helping to make the air we breathe.
About the Author
Emily Sutton has a degree in illustration from Edinburgh College of Art. She says, “Illustrating Tiny Creatures has opened my eyes to the incredible and unexpected beauty of a world so small that it can’t be seen without a microscope. I was amazed by the variety and complexity of microbes, and I loved drawing all of their intricate details and patterns.” She lives in York, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 on well into elementary school. Microbes are so much more than germs that make one sick. They change the world. They create different substances out of original substances. They are the stuff that compost is made of. The stuff that makes yogurt into yogurt. They come in a plethora of shapes; and they are, simply put, everywhere! They are energetically and magically adept at making more of themselves. The illustrations are simply drawn with colors that engage visually. The little boy and girl that are discovering the world of microbes are drawn in such a sweet, charming manner that your little boy or girl will identify with them as they discover microbes. A super good book to introduce children to the science of the unseen world of microbes of which germs are only a small part. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
A fun and interesting read! I like this book a lot. It is really interesting and fun to read. I am good at science, and my dad is a scientist but still I learned so much new stuff from this book. Before this book I didn’t even know what a microbe was or if it was a real word! Two of the many facts I learned: 1) Microbes are very very small and come in all shapes in sizes and 2) One microbe splits into 2, then 4, then 8, then 16 and so it is now easy to understand how getting one bad germ in my body can make me so sick. This is the kind of book I would read again and again. Even though it is simple enough for me to read on my own, the book makes me wonder about things and ask Mom and Dad questions. It even is making me think about STEM fair projects I want to do. I can’t wait to share this book with my class at school. I know they will like it as much as I do. Lucy H., Age 7, Tampa Bay Mensa