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Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the most important and most well known doctors of our time. He is a research scientist, a research leader and a public health advisor. He has been a medical advisor to many American Presidents, and his advice is well respected in other countries too.


But he started life as a boy who asked questions. This book Dr. Fauci – How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor by Kate Messner illustrated by Alexandra Bye, captures the Boy Anthony Fauci with expressive text and colorful illustrations full of curiosity through to his medical studies, his research efforts and his public health role.


In other hands this story might have been too complicated for elementary students, but here, the story is told with just enough detail, and personal anecdotes resulting in an inspiring book for ages 6-12. That’s a wide age range for a picture book, but Dr. Fauci’s story starts at about age 6, and the book continues his story with end pages where he explains about vaccines, how they work and provides advice to kids who want to be scientists. So, for that reason I feel the age range is appropriate. 


Anthony Fauci didn’t always believe what people told him. He was a kid who asked questions. It was during his struggles with homework that he sometimes wanted to give up because he didn’t understand the work.  But on those occasions his father gave him the words that have guided his life, “Don’t Get Discouraged, Think About it Carefully and Try to Work it Out. 


Like many boys, he dreamt of being an athlete and despite his short stature was good at basketball. But in high school he set his sights on medical school. He worked constructions jobs to pay for Cornell Medical College, in New York City, eventually graduating first in his class.  His interest in what made people sick and what would make them well led him to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, where he is now Director. He and the research team worked on AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and West Nile disease and most recently to try to stop people from becoming sick and dying from Covid 19.


It was challenging to have to deliver advice when research-based answers were few and just developing. But in my view, he did admirably.


This an inspirational book for any child who is interested in science or medicine or who is discouraged by their struggles at school. Because Dr. Fauci carried the thought ‘Don’t get discouraged, Think about it carefully and Try to work it out’ through his young life and then his career and he succeeded.


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