|MadSci Network: Microbiology|
I am very impressed that you got your niece a microscope! I searched around for books that would be suitable for a 4-6th grader learning to use a microscope, and came up with the following books:
The World of the Microscope (Usborne Science and Experiments)
by Chris Oxlade, Corinne Stockley, and Kuo Kang Chen (Illustrator)
4.6 out of 5 stars, 14 customer reviews
Complete Book of the Microscope (Internet Linked Reference)
by Kirsteen Rogers
4.2 out of 5 stars, 32 customer reviews
The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope
by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
4.3 out of 5 stars, 3 customer reviews
Methodically trying different things on the microscope would also be useful, to figure out what each part does.
Just for fun, I included an image taken with a fluorescent microscope from my own research. These are breast cancer cells that have been "tagged" with fluorescent proteins of different colors, resulting in "rainbow" cells.
I hope your niece loves her microscope!
Massachusetts General Hospital &
Harvard Medical School
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