Cyrus the Virus
by D. J. Chakraborty

"Modern viruses like COVID-19 find origins from causative organisms which have existed on Earth for millennia."

At once entertaining, educational, and artistic, this book takes readers from nine to ninety on a reflective journey to understand COVID-19 and how to create a happier, healthier world for all beings on the planet. The eight parts of the slim volume range from clever pandemic limericks to definitions of common terms used in discussions of the science of the novel coronavirus and other microbiological organisms as well as an exploration of the origins of the pandemic. The book even includes discussions and lists of what people can do in America and worldwide to increase their physical and mental health and happiness. Several blank diary pages are also included for readers to record their thoughts, ideas, and lists.

The lively and imaginative writing combined with educational tools makes this a fun, useful book for both self-education and guided experiences at home and in school. The study guides, references page, and even a blank music staff for writing one's own virus-busting song make the book fun in classroom and home learning situations. There's truly not a dull moment in this thought-provoking book, and the author's funny, self-effacing bio makes it clear that she has thought long and hard about how to battle disease vectors with both humor and scientific accuracy. Whether readers are young or old, there's something for everyone who wants to learn more about how to protect and bolster fragile ecosystems and deal with COVID-19, SARS CoV-2, and any other viral threats that the future may hold. This brightly illustrated and typeset volume will make a welcome addition to libraries and home book collections.

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