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1993. Ruth A. Simione. Each of us spends our life "living" with microbes. We are alive because of some microbes and in spite of others. This book is intended to show the younger students some of this microbe world and to give them an appreciation of all the MIKES that effect their daily lives and their world. The character of MIKE has an all encompassing microbe shape, and acts as the narrator. As the story changes so does MIKE'S attire, visually reinforcing the role of the microbe depicted. As the book advances you will find that the concepts become more complex - from microbiology in foods to how microbes help with gene probes. The microbes discussed are generally bacteria, yeaasts and molds. Although protozoans are involved in most of the processes covered they were not included. 48 pages, soft cover, b&w illustrations. Grades 4-8.