Thank You, Dr. Salk!: The Scientist Who Beat Polio and Healed the World (Hardcover)
Dr. Jonas Salk finds the cure for polio in this inspiring, educational, and timely nonfiction picture book.
Jonas Salk wasn't seen as a brave hero—not at first. As a child he was quiet and unassuming, but Jonas dreamed of tikkun olam, the Jewish phrase for “healing the world.” He saw the polio virus strike his city, and he knew that with determination and hard work, he could be the one to stop its spread. So he grew up to study medicine, ultimately creating the polio vaccine that saved untold numbers of lives—and healed the world!
With Dean Robbins’s inspiring text and Mike Dutton’s dynamic illustrations, Thank You, Dr. Salk! is a true and timely story of trials, triumph, and what it takes to achieve your dreams. An author’s note provides additional insight into Dr. Salk’s life and influences, and the history of vaccines.
About the Author
Dean Robbins is a journalist and children’s book author. His picture books include Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass; Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote; Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing; and The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his family.
Mike Dutton is the illustrator of Donovan's Big Day, written by Lesléa Newman; the comic One Swoop Fell; and over two hundred Google Doodles. The son of a southern father and a South Korean mother, Mike grew up in a multi-culinary family. He lives with his wife and two kids near their home in Berkeley, California.
A National Science Teaching Association's Best STEM Book of the Year
“A hardworking title, this is a great choice for allaying vaccination fears, communicating the importance of science and medicine, showing that heroes come in many forms, and explaining that education, creativity, resilience, and dedication can lead to achievements and concrete results. An engaging blend of history, biography, science, and epidemiology that is sure to inspire and inform.” —Booklist
“Robbins’ biography is particularly timely within the context of the coronavirus epidemic, and his direct, streamlined account connects well with early primary listeners, who may take some comfort in knowing that science has managed to get other epidemics under control.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Thank You, Dr. Salk is as timely as a book can be and will offer an easy entry to discussions of epidemics, scientific research, vaccines, and working together as a community . . . This is a true story that will help kids think deeply about the past, make connections to the present, and inspire hope for the future.” —The Sydney Taylor Schmooze