Bacteria Galore by Sunday at Four Illustrations: Tali Niv-Dolinsky

Many years ago a university student met a young child and promised to write a book explaining what bacteria are. Many years have gone by, and the student, now a professor of microbiology, has finally kept his promis in this book, which exposes the microbial world in a frank, yet amusing manner.

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Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג
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Bacteria Galore by Sunday at Four Illustrations: Tali Niv-Dolinsky

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Artwork: Tali Niv-Dolinsky








Copyright © 2014

Bacteria are living things

Small as can be

They live everywhere

Up a tree

In the water

In the air

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Everywhere you choose to stare

On the ground and all around

In my city

In your town

And on the way

From Up to Down

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You will always find bacteria in a pickle

And in yogurt too,

Making pickles and yogurt tasty

Is part of what they do

And, if you please,

Bacteria help make yellow cheese.

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Bacteria live on your thumbs and gums

Behind your ears and in your tears

And there are those way up your nose

And heaven knows between your toes.

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Many years ago

People didn’t even know

That bacteria are all around

People didn’t even know

That bacteria are, at all,

Because they are so very small.

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Until one day a man named

Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Looked at them in his microscope.

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Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Is a big name

But sometimes it takes a big name

To see small things.

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A microscope makes tiny things look big.

Even people who don’t wear glasses

And can read this line from a mile away

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A B CAN U C D PUPPIES?

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Can’t see bacteria at all

Because they are so very small.

The only hope

Is with a microscope.

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This fly

in a microscope

looks ten floors high

but is really just

a little fly.

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How very small are bacteria?

Tinier than tiny

Itsier than bitsy

Eenier than weeny.

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So small that a million together

Side by side

Could sit on this very dot

.

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How many is a million?

Quite a lot.

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More than all your

Hairs and mine

Even more than

Nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand

Nine hundred and ninety-nine.

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Looking through the microscope we can see

All kinds of bacteria

Straight ones, curved ones,

Long and short ones

Bacteria in a chain,

Just like a train.

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Some of them can even swim

From there to here

And back again.

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Bacteria don’t have faces

No eyes

No ears

No nose

(I suppose).

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Do bacteria have a family?

Certainly not.

No brother

No mother

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Bacteria are not born like you and I were.

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When bacteria have enough food and water

they grow (just like we do)

and they divide

Down the middle,

(No, we don’t do that!)

One on each side.

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Now there are two bacteria,

One on the right and one on the left.

They grow too.

When each divides,

The two become four,

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And then eight and sixteen, thirty-two, sixty-four

And more and more,

And if just one starts to grow on Saturday night

We’ll have bacteria galore

By Sunday at four.

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And when there are bacteria galore,

A million or more,

Living next to each other

Door to door to door to door,

They become a colony,

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And we can see the whole bunch together

Without a microscope.

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The colony can be

White or orange,

Yellow or pink.

Sometimes they smell nice

But usually they stink.

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Most bacteria are fine

And don’t cause any trouble.

There are just a few kinds

That do.

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Like the ones in our mouths that

Make holes in our teeth

And bad smells.

So we chase those away

With some toothpaste and a brush.

Since bacteria grow and grow

We clean our teeth every single day.

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And when we get a cut

And bleed a bit,

The blood keeps the bacteria

From getting through the skin.

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And to help even more,

We clean the cut

With alcohol and things

That kill the bacteria

But also sting

A bit.

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Some bacteria can cause disease

So we get a few needles

And some drops too

That protect our bodies

From getting sick.

And make us better

When we do.

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Bacteria don’t sleep,

But people do,

And I am getting tired too,

So if you liked this little book,

Maybe someday I’ll write another,

Maybe on cats, maybe on bats,

Maybe on dogs,

Or how about frogs?

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Or toads on roads and boats by the Seine,

Fishes on dishes, worms in the rain,

Eels on wheels, and orange peels,

The tower of Babel, Cain and Abel,

Things I adore, what a piano is for,

Skunks that smell, but not so well,

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I have so many books to write,

I’ll NEVER get to sleep tonight!

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Thank you for reading our book!

If you like it, you might also want to read other children’s books that I’ve written and Tali Niv-Dolinsky has illustrated. For example:

“What to Do with  a Used Toothbrush”

Read more about me and see ALL my books on Ourboox (I have many)

Or even better, create a book of your own!!!

Here is a tutorial to help you get started on your own voyage as an Ourboox contributor!!

And finally, you can always write me at mel@ourboox.com

 

 

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