Dr Fauci #BookReview #picturebook #childrensbook #kidsbook #bookworm @simonkids @katemessner @alexandrabye

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:

The definitive picture book biography of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the most crucial figures in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before he was Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci was a curious boy in Brooklyn, delivering prescriptions from his father’s pharmacy on his blue Schwinn bicycle. His father and immigrant grandfather taught Anthony to ask questions, consider all the data, and never give up—and Anthony’s ability to stay curious and to communicate with people would serve him his entire life.

This engaging narrative, which draws from interviews the author did with Dr. Fauci himself, follows Anthony from his Brooklyn beginnings through medical school and his challenging role working with seven US presidents to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges of the past fifty years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Extensive backmatter rounds out Dr. Fauci’s story with a timeline, recommended reading, a full spread of facts about vaccines and how they work, and Dr. Fauci’s own tips for future scientists.

About: Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor is a biography picture book written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Alexandra Bye. It will be published on 6/29/2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 48 pages. The genres are picture book, biography, nonfiction, and science/technology. This book was intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is the flagship imprint of the S&S Children’s Division. We are committed to publishing a wide range of contemporary, commercial, award-winning fiction and nonfiction that spans every age of children’s publishing. BFYR is constantly looking to the future, supporting our foundation authors and franchises, but always with an eye for breaking new ground with every publication. We are also deeply invested in developing new talent, new formats, and new avenues of publication.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor for my daughter’s bedtime on 6/27/2021 and finished it that same night. My husband read it on 6/28/2021 and loved it so much that he read it for my son during his lunch. It’s great to have biography of someone who are actually alive. Kids can see a real living person doing the things they did written in books they read rather than oh, the book was about someone they don’t know who died more than 50 years ago. Kids can verify for themselves who they are reading about because they most likely have seen him on TV during Covid-19 pandemic giving advice to the public about how to take care of themselves from contracting the virus. I liked how this book encouraged young readers that it’s good to ask questions and take the time to work out a problem and that all problems eventually has a solution. My husband liked how Dr. Fauci has a father figure to look up to and how his father supported him to not give up.

This book followed Dr. Fauci when he was a little boy always asking questions. He constantly searched for answers with an open mind to questions about the world and how everything works. “His family encouraged that curiosity.” His father cooked him delicious Italian foods and ran a drugstore. Dr. Fauci helped deliver prescriptions. When he struggle with homework, his father would be there to remind “him that every problem has a solution.” Dr. Fauci wasn’t a big guy but he found ways to gain acceptance and leadership to his advantage. In high school Dr. Fauci knew he wanted to be a doctor. He worked hard and graduated first of his class. Throughout his career, he encountered many major diseases like AIDS, West Nile, SARS, Ebola. With his questions and problem solving skills as well as keeping an open mind and communicating with scientists around the world, new information were discovered and vaccines got developed.

Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor was well written and illustrated. I loved that illustrations of the small fish tank in Dr. Fauci’s room to the big ocean above outside of his room. It’s good to inform young readers of what happened during pandemic because they might only have been aware of what happened to themselves. A good encouragement to teamwork for readers to finding a solution to a big problem like Covid-19. Also a good reminder to readers to keep practicing to “don’t get discouraged. Don’t run away because you don’t understand the problem. Think about it carefully and try to work it out.” At the end of the book there are explanations on whether vaccines work and if they are safe. Dr. Fauci also offered 5 tips for future scientists. A fantastic book for kids and I highly recommend everyone to read it (despite the bad publicity that circulates around Dr. Fauci currently).

I rate it 5 stars!

Tag Lines: biography, father role model, communication and listening skills, problem solving

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About the Author and Illustrator:

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. Her award-winning titles include picture books like Over and Under the Snow and The Brilliant Deep; novels like All the Answers, Breakout, and Chirp; engaging nonfiction like The Next President and Tracking Pythons; the Fergus and Zeke easy readers, the popular Ranger in Time chapter books, and the History Smashers illustrated nonfiction series. Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a TV news reporter as well as a middle school teacher. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all forty-six Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines. Learn more at her website, KateMessner.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).

Alexandra Bye is a freelance illustrator specializing in fun, colorful illustrations for a variety of media such as editorial and children’s publications. Her work is constantly inspired by her flourishing New England community and reflects the energy and dynamic personality of hometown pride. In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic ski racing, Jiu Jitsu, studying nutritional therapy, and hiking in the White Mountains with her dog, Oliver. Alexandrabye.com (Photo obtained from the illustrator’s website and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).

More Information about Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,

Jasmine

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