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Linda Elovitz Marshall

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A beautiful wintery tale derived from Yiddish folklore that I think makes a charming story! It feels like a story a grandparent would tell around a cozy fireplace. Also, the artwork of Maëlle Doliveux is intricately stunning - I would recommend this book on the artwork alone! If you have a moment go check out her other art projects because they're wonderful.
deborahee | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Feb 23, 2024 |
Wind is tired and needs a place to rest. But no one wants to shelter so cold and blustery a Wind--not the townspeople, not the country innkeeper, not even the gnarled tree who is worried about frozen roots.
It is only with the help of two small children brave enough to weather the storm that Wind finally finds the perfect place to sleep.
PlumfieldCH | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 6, 2023 |
All her life, Anne Frank wanted to be heard.Really, truly heard.Linda Elovitz Marshall introduces readers to the story of Anne Frank in this powerful book about family, war, and the importance of finding your voice.During her two years in hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank poured her soul into a red plaid diary named Kitty. She wrote honestly of the reality of Nazi occupation, of daily life in the annex, and of her longing to be heard. More than anything, Anne spoke the truth, and her words have echoed throughout history.Gorgeous prose and striking art deliver Anne's ever-relevant story with poignancy and grace, while robust back matter -- including biographical information, an author's note, and a timeline -- makes this the perfect book for history curriculums.… (més)
Quilt18 | Oct 24, 2023 |
Jonas Salk, born in 1914, grew up wanting to help make the world a better place. The author writes that when Jonas attended college, he got interested in science, and decided to go to medical school to become a doctor and researcher. After he graduated, he worked with a fellow doctor seeking a medicine to protect people from the flu virus. Vaccines had already been developed for other diseases - famously, in late 1776, George Washington ordered that his troops receive smallpox vaccines. Dr. Salk and his colleague Dr. Francis wondered if they could develop a vaccine for flu, and successfully developed one that saved thousands of lives each year.

But a far more serious threat was raging - polio. Each year, it paralyzed or killed thousands of people. Dr. Salk and his team of scientists “labored day and night, night and day.”

As the Salk Institute reports,

“Contrary to the era’s prevailing scientific opinion, Salk believed his vaccine, composed of ‘killed’ polio virus, could immunize without risk of infecting the patient. Salk administered the vaccine to volunteers who had not had polio, including himself, his lab scientist, his wife and their children. All developed anti-polio antibodies and experienced no negative reactions to the vaccine.”

In 1954, national testing began on almost two million children, ages six to nine, who became known as the Polio Pioneers. On April 12, 1955, the results were announced: “The vaccine WORKS!” POLIO could be CONQUERED!”

The Salk Institute notes that in the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the U.S. was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number had dropped to 910. Hailed as a miracle worker, Salk never patented the vaccine or earned any money from his discovery, preferring it be distributed as widely as possible.

The author recounts that Salk went on to establish the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, dedicating to seeking cures for cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and many other diseases.

She concludes:

“Jonas Salk was a kid who saw things differently, a kid who wanted to help make the world a better place. . . . Ever meet a kid like that? Could that kid be YOU?”

Back matter has an Author’s Note and list of sources. In the note, the author talks about how the polio vaccine changed her own life, and how other vaccines have helped make the world safer.

Acrylic gouache and pencil illustrations by Lisa Anchin not only reflect the time period but are appealing and kid-friendly.

Evaluation: The author of this book for kids six and over is careful to point out that Dr. Salk didn’t work alone - he based his work on the understanding of those who preceded him, and always had collaborators and a “team of scientists” to help. Although individual actors get valorized, as Isaac Newton famously observed in a 1675 letter, "if I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." It is a good lesson for kids to emphasize the value of cooperation and teamwork.

While the author does not mention the current political resistance to vaccines, this book is quite timely, and will help elucidate the safety and value of traditional vaccines. This is especially important as polio has recently reemerged, with the virus having been found in wastewater in New York. The vaccine is 99 percent effective at preventing paralytic polio. But thanks to disinformation about the vaccine, there could be hundreds of new cases as more and more people resist vaccination.

[As the National Library of Medicine explains, “Vaccines help prevent infection by preparing the body to fight foreign invaders (such as bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens). All vaccines introduce into the body a harmless piece of a particular bacteria or virus, triggering an immune response. Most vaccines contain a weakened or dead bacteria or virus. However, scientists have developed a new type of vaccine that uses a molecule called messenger RNA (mRNA) rather than part of an actual bacteria or virus. . . . mRNA from vaccines does not enter the nucleus and does not alter DNA. Individuals who get an mRNA vaccine are not exposed to the virus, nor can they become infected by the vaccine.” Rather, these vaccines work by showing cells a blueprint to produce an appropriate immune response to the virus.]
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nbmars | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jul 13, 2023 |



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