You tell me. Shall I feel guilty regarding what I’m about to write? 😀 Because, *cough*, a short piece of my history is featured in today’s book spotlight. My disease history, that is. My dealing with Malaria as a kid.

‘Nuf about me. Let’s get to the heart of BATTLING MALARIA, written by medical expert Connie Goldsmith, and published in 2010 by Twenty-First Century Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. I’ve read quite a few books about malaria, also known as paludisme in French speaking countries, and in all seriousness Connie Goldsmith’s book is useful on so many levels:

Reason #1
The book explains clearly, in simple words what that disease is. Did you know that King Tut died of malaria? And why is malaria such a big deal? Let’s read together an excerpt from the book cover: “In North America, mosquitoes bites are only a nuisance. But in areas such as Africa and South East Asia, the bites can be deadly. There, many mosquitoes transmit a disease called malaria–and malaria can be a killer. In Africa, one child dies of malaria every thirty seconds. Worldwide, more than one million people die of malaria each year. What can be done to stop this global killer?

Reason #2
The book’s structure, served by an enticing writing, completed with pictures and graph cycles. If you’ve never seen a kid read a non-fiction book from front cover to the last page, try putting this one into his hands. Battling Malaria opens with the disease’s history: we learn about it through ancient Egypt, ancient Romans until the present days. It’s oddly fascinating. We get to understand why the disease is at the forefront of joined medical efforts, why it’s once again spreading so quickly. We read about its direct impact on poverty, about mosquitoes’ lives–what they eat, how they transmit the disease, etc… Then there is the diagnosis process. One of my favorite parts was learning what can be done, seeing how kids can get involved in helping the fight against that deadly disease. The book obviously does wonders in the classroom.

Reason #3
You’re dreaming of taking this vacation trip to a tropical island; or you’re about to volunteer abroad, or you are sending a dear one–or an archenemy to Cameroon (now that would be wonderful. Let me know if you do! *grin*), I recommend not taking action without reading Battling Malaria

About the author
Connie Goldsmith is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and master of public health administration degree in health care. In addition to writing several nonfiction books for middle-school and upper-grade readers, Goldsmith has also published more than two hundred magazine articles, mostly on health topics for adults and children. She writes a children’s book review column for a regional parenting magazine in Sacramento, California, where she lives.

Connie Goldsmith Links
o Connie’s Website
o Connie’s blog (so excellent! All about health and kids)
o Facebook

Thank you all for reading! Now, I’m curious to know about the latest non-fiction book you’ve read…

2 thoughts on “Non-Fiction Review: BATTLING MALARIA, by Connie Goldsmith

  1. You had malaria? Yikes! I’m glad you are here to tell us about it. There are several organizations that are trying to help combat Malaria. Bill Gates and is wife have made this one of their priorities.

    Your review is a good one. I hope lots of folks scoop up her book!


    1. Hi, Donna! Yep, malaria and I are well acquainted. I’m fortunate to have lived through it, as you said. Many don’t have that luck. The book is really well-written and easy to read. Connie has a way of making you keep turning the page. Dear. That last sentence sounds awfully complicated, right? Today I’m grammatically challenged. :$


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