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by Judy Wearing

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Title:Bacteria: Staph, Strep, Clostridium, and Other Bacteria (Class of Their Own)
Authors:Judy Wearing
Info:Crabtree Publishing Company (2010), Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's nonfiction, biology, organisms, bacteria, Strep, Staph, E. coli, charts and graphs, research

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Bacteria: Staph, Strep, Clostridium, and Other Bacteria (A Class of Their Own) by Judy Wearing



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Discover the "most numerous organism on earth" in the bacteria volume of a nonfiction series about organisms. The first chapter describes bacteria in general, from what they eat, to where they're found, to how they divide and multiply. Each following chapter then describes in detail the different shapes of bacteria, including ones that students will easily recognize, like Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and E. coli, and how they interact with other organisms (like humans) and the world at large. Pictures, including computer-generated and magnified images of real bacteria, charts, and graphs, cover about 50% of each page. Younger students will enjoy browsing these often gross-looking (and thus all the more appealing) pictures, but may not get much out of the text; light text on a dark background on nearly a quarter of the pages can be difficult to read. Still, the content, which is informative and engaging without being overwhelming, is strong enough overcome the visual issues of some pages. Recommended as a starting point for biology research for grades 5-8. ( )
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Bacteria are microscopic organisms with a cell structure that is very different from that of the other kingdoms. Traditionally classified according to their shape, scientists now use DNA studies to refine the groupings of bacteria. This book examines bacteria that are found in virtually every environment--including those that are characterized by extreme heat, cold, and depth--and, of course, bacteria that are found inside our bodies. Intriguing information highlights the key role that bacteria play in shaping the ecology of our planet, how some bacteria make their own food while others feed on ready-made food, and how some do indeed cause disease, while most do not. Case studies examine the development of new vaccines against bacterial diseases and the use of bacteria to help fight pollution.… (more)

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