How Insects Changed History

By Sarah Albee; Robert Leighton (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, Paperback, 9780802734228, 168pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2014


There are about ten quintillion insects in the world and some of them have affected human history in tremendous ways For as long as humans have been on earth, we've co-existed with insects . . . for better or for worse. Once you begin to look at world history through fly-specked glasses, you begin to see the mark of these minute life forms at every turn. Beneficial bugs have built empires. Bad bugs have toppled them. "Bugged "is not your everyday history book. From the author and illustrator team behind kid-favorite "Poop Happened A History of the World from the Bottom Up," this combination of world history, social history, natural science, epidemiology, public health, conservation, and microbiology is told with fun and informative graphics and in an irreverent voice, making this one fun-to-read book.

About the Author
Sarah Albee is co-author of Lunch Box Library: Six Wild Adventures and author of the forthcoming Big Words for Little Scientists.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Grown-ups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12-year-old. More at NPR.org

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