by Lori Alexander; Illustrated by Viven Mildenberger
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2019
Grades 3 up
In 1632, people were unaware of microbes, those invisible organisms that live in soil, foods we eat, water, oceans, air, even in our bodies. It was Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632 -1723), a Dutch draper, using a microscope he designed, discovered that unknown living world and presented his findings to the Royal Society in London.
All In A Drop conveys the life of a simple tradesman who did not got to college, “or speak English or Latin, and how his curiosity changed everyone’s mind.”
Mildenberger’s cartoon-style illustrations, created using pastel, colored pencil and watercolor, complement the conversational tone of the narrative. Side bars are placed throughout giving more information on specific topics.
Back matter includes an author’s note, a timeline, source notes, bibliography, and index.
A solid introduction to an interesting man whose curious mind made a remarkable discovery.
The author sent me a copy of this book to write this review.