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Author: Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel

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Publisher: Charlesbridge,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Find just about everything a youngster (or adult for that matter) might want to know about why we sneeze. This photo-illustrated book offers science and etiquette for broad audiences.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 12

Reading Level: 6.8

Age of Child: Read with a third-grade class.

Young Reader Reaction: Overall, the reaction of the class was lukewarm.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is great for doing a report and it could definitely be of use in a school's health curriculum.

Pros: The unique approach (magnifying pollen, pepper, dust mites, cat hair and things that makes us sneeze and then adding color is certainly eye catching. Lots of information a plus.

Cons: With the right audience this is a "home run," but you need to find that right audience. The age level offered is not a big help, but the setting might be: like a unit of the body, good health, etc.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There is no question that this is a valuable classroom tool, but I don't think this would be a "favorite bedtime" read for most kids.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KATIE CAUGHT A COLD   SAMMY'S DAY AT THE FAIR; THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Featuring Gut Feelings and reactions   EXPLORATOPIA

Educational Themes: The picture-book-like quality makes this an easy book to share with young readers. But there is also a lot of detail (scientific and technical) that would make the science of sneezes interesting for older kids.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, health

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2008

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