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Your Body Battles A Cold

Take a front row seat and watch a body's battle with cold germs, highlighted by comic illustrations and ground-breaking photomicrographs that magnify the actual cellular processes tens of thousands of times.

Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)

Series: Body Battles

Library Binding: 32 pages

Publisher: Millbrook Press (March 1, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0822568136

ISBN-13: 978-0822568131

Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #237,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #30 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Physical Disabilities #61 in Books > Medical Books > Medicine > Internal Medicine > Pulmonary #168 in Books > Children's Books > Education & Reference > Science Studies > Biology

Age Range: 7 - 10 years

Grade Level: 2 - 5

AH-CHOO! Oh, no you're getting a cold again. You're starting to sneeze, your nose is dripping and your nose is getting stuffed up. Just when you think you should have bought stock in Kleenex your body is starting to combat the cold. You may not know it, but there are four superheroes, neutrophils, goblet cells, plasma cells and cilia, that will come to the rescue and you'll win the battle. When you're getting a cold, germs attack cells in your body. You have four different kinds of cells, nerve, muscle, bone and red blood cells. Mucus-coated hairs (made up of goblet cells) and nasal cells with cilia are a couple of things your body uses to prevent you from getting a cold, but ah-choo! ... sometimes the germs just walk right in. AND your superheroes step right up to do their job!The most common cause of a cold is caused by rhinoviruses that have "attached themselves to the microvilli at the back of the nose." As soon as this happens, your red and "virus-fighting" white blood cells combined with a lot of fluid rush to your nose to begin the battle. The white blood cells or plasma cells "make antibodies" to destroy the rhinovirus that has invaded your body. When the battle is done and there are dead viruses all over the place, "two types of white blood cells, neutrophils and macrophages, clean them up." There are some super duper amazing photomicrographs in these pages that "were taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) of many things mentioned in this book!This book, one of six "Body Battlefields" series, will attract a wide audience. The superheroes will pull in the reluctant reader and but the confident reader will be fascinated by the microbiology and the photomicrographs.

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