I actually used Chapters 4 and 5 in a Linguistics course focusing on teaching English as a Second Language and can attest to the richness of the resources within Micro Mania. My professor's initial reaction was, "Oh, it's only a picture book." After flipping through a few pages, however, she was talking excitedly about what a great text it was. She was more excited than I was!
Chapters 6, 7, and 8 ("Swimming with Plankton," "Give My Creature Life!" and "Learning to Love the Little Guys"—which I should probably re-read) move the focus away from the more personal sphere to the world at large. Still, the bright illustrations, factoids, computer graphics, experiments, and home projects make Micro Mania an incredible resource—as long as you aren't germaphobic!
I strongly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Stephanie Ashley