Microbes and Morals
This dense text is written for young people. I was surprised on how this book was more a history of sexually transmitted disease, along with a pretty thorough discussion of the science rather than a moral lecture. Throughout the book, the writer is constantly reminding the reader that disease is less about morals and more about disease and treatment. Not a bad book for the time.
I did find this title in a small-medium public library with the health books. My advice to the holding library: it is time to let this one go and get a current book that uses the term STD. I think only the over 50 crowd would know that this was a book about an STD.
Submitter: This is one of those books that publishers crank out in library binding and market to elementary school libraries and public libraries. I found it on the shelf of the public library where I work. I find the paring of reproduction and digestion odd. Physical proximity does not equate to function. The opening spread pretty much says it all: apparently if you eat an apple, you will get pregnant. The photo layouts are just awful. Almost every spread has a mangled person in the fold. One spread includes fat shamming: it has a side by side comparison of a skinny blonde woman in a bikini with an obese woman who is also in a bathing suit (image not attached). And the text is so helpful. A page on reproduction says, “Most teens spend less time with their families and more time with their peers. Many friendships become very intense very fast—then fade just a quickly.” How is this relevant to the topic of reproduction? I loved that this text is paired with a photo of a female teen who seems to be pushing down a male while cozying up to another girl. Curious!
Holly: I agree with submitter that the pairing of digestion and reproduction is weird. I kind of like the layout with all the sidebars, but the double-page photos make the people look all dysmorphic. This is almost 13 years old, so it can probably be replaced with something newer anyway. Meh.