American Association for the Advancement of Science

Puddle Jump Press Receives Notice of Award:

“I have good news for you! The book, Amoeba Hop, was just reviewed in

the Jan/Feb 2004 issue of SB&F. The book got our highest rating (two

stars). Since it received our highest rating it will automatically be

given a SB&F Best Books Award in our Jan/Feb 2005 issue. “

Heather Malcomson

Editor, Science Books and Films

American Association for the Advancement of Science

1200 New York Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C.  20005

Amoeba Hop review in SB&F:

    “Amoeba Hop is an innovative approach to introduce young students to the world of microbiology, using song lyrics. The most difficult obstacle to a young person's learning process is the unfamiliarity of new and difficult vocabulary words. Through the incorporation of complex vocabulary into the lyrics of a song and the repetition of the song's verses, a child can become comfortable with speaking the words and subsequently learn their meanings more easily.

    Amoeba Hop is an imaginary story about a young girl and her dog, who see a puddle of water inhabited by microscopic organisms. Upon closer observation, they see the delightful, vividly illustrated puddle creatures attending a dance called the "amoeba hop." The lyrics describe the different members of the Protist family, the characteristics of their cell structure, and how a shy paramecium finds a partner for this dance through binary fission. Also included in the book are real photographs of protozoa.

    Information about the first use of the microscope to study pond water and how to find protozoa in outside water is provided. This book is recommended for children in kindergarten through second grade.