|DeA Planeta Libri Srl|
by Ilaria Capua
TARGET AGE 11+ , 192 pages, 14x21 cms with b/w illustrations, € 13,90, ISBN 9788851185985 Published February 2021
"Why a book on viruses dedicated to middle grade school? Because we must all be united in the response to the pandemic emergency, and health begins with the youngest. Especially by the youngest" –
“I spent a lot of hours of my life in the field, in the lab, chasing viruses. And today it’s important that kids understand what’s at the root of viral diseases: there is not just coronavirus and influence, but also diseases of plants, fish and insects. And everything can lead to consequences that affect man and the entire planet".
- What is a virus and how it works?
- How it counters when our body reacts?
- What happened in the past and how can science and research do in prevention?
Ilaria Capua signs a text of popular science in which the protagonist is not only the coronavirus, but the entire invisible world of microorganisms that have always coexisted with man.
One of the greatest Italian scientists offers an important tool for the youngest in which the thorny themes of contagion and pandemic lose the frightening aura of unknown threat and become for the first time an exciting subject of discovery of the natural world.
Ten chapters each dedicated to a different phenomenal virus, and introduced by a small virology "cheatsheet" within reach of teens.
With simple examples and the right target language, Ilaria Capua also raises the reader’s awareness of the key principles in future societies: preventing pollution, combating the uncontrolled development of human activity in the environment and human interference in natural ecosystems. The book deals with burning current issues, for which the author is appreciated, such as the phenomenon of displacement, inequality and exploitation of work, closely related to the health crisis that involved us in 2020.