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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Cell Wars: In the Beginning by A. Miles is a unique theme chosen by the author to introduce kids between the age group 6-9 to all that they need to know about white blood cells and the rest of the blood cells that help the body fight bacteria and viruses. The combination of fiction and science is very original and will make it good reading material for children. The story, narrated from the viewpoint of the blood cells, is laced with humor and teaches children details about blood cells in an interactive and innovative way that will hold their attention and make the topic interesting.
I like the fact that the author has given the blood cells a personality and individuality of their own. Commander Lympho, Master Baso, Captain Neutro and the other characters make the story enjoyable for children, and at the same time easy to comprehend. The glossary at the end of the book is useful and children can use it for reference when they want to check the meaning of the terms used. The sketches are endearing as is the theme. By the time kids finish reading the book, their knowledge about blood cells will be extensive.
I liked the author's idea to combine science and fiction. It captures the attention of children and makes reading about science more enjoyable. More books like this in school libraries will be very useful for children and also for teachers to explain a concept. Very original and innovative and children will love reading it.