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Monsters and Mold (Zoey and Sassafras) Paperback – March 14, 2017
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Praise for DRAGONS AND MARSHMALLOWS (Zoey and Sassafras, Book 1):
"Concepts are explained concisely and clearly, and a short glossary provides valuable vocabulary building. The slightly larger font makes the text inviting for emerging readers, and the illustrations blend perfectly into the story. Sassafras and the dragon prove to be able sidekicks in the vein of Disney characters...while this book is a natural fit for STEM collections, it deserves a place in all libraries serving young readers." -- School Library Journal
"...Citro gracefully balances her story’s scientific and fantasy elements." -- Publishers Weekly
"...the imaginative premise and the incorporation of STEM elements make this an attractive and engaging choice." -- Booklist
"...tales for young audiences that model the scientific method are nice to see." -- Kirkus Reviews
"...a delightful beginning reader. I will definitely recommend this to kids and I look forward to the other books in this series." -- Mel Barnes, University Bookstore
"Zoey and Sassafras are our heroes! My kids love unravelling their mysterious circumstance, and they even made their own "thinking goggles." Zoey is an awesome role model." -- Megan Lingo, Reading Teacher and Educational Therapist at Chickadee Lit
About the Author
Asia Citro, M. Ed, is a former classroom science teacher with a Master's in Science Education. She is the author of 150] Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid's Science Book, and A Little Bit of Dirt. She is also the creator of the popular blog Fun at Home with Kids. Her work has been featured on "Apartment Therapy, The Chicago Tribune, Today, Disney Baby, MSN, King 5 TV," and "Highlights," among others.
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Top Customer Reviews
As soon as I finished reading my daughter the first Zoey & Sassafras book a few weeks ago, she's been begging me to read the next one in the series.
OhMyGoodness, I'm surprised you didn't hear our squeals all the way to your house, because between the two of us, we couldn't stop doing the happy dance for hours!
Let me tell you, we had high expectations for this book after going so ga-ga over the last one -- expectations so high, I didn't see how this book could reach them.
But it did.
Just as before, my daughter and I sat and didn't budge until I'd read the whole entire thing, from the front cover to the back!
And of course she wanted me to start reading the next one immediately, but my poor little voice needed a bit of a break!
In this second book, we meet a poor little forest monster who dreams of attending the annual Monster Ball, but just can't because he's got a little bit of a mold problem...
He shows up at Zoey's door, hoping for some help, and she and Sassafras do their darnedest to fairy-godmother him off to the ball.
You'll have to read the book yourself to see whether he makes it or not, but I can promise that you'll find the same seamless scientific learning woven throughout this book (along with plenty of Marion Lindsay's lively illustrations) just like in Dragons and Marshmallows.
I love how author Asia Citro provides so many great science-themed activity ideas throughout the pages -- like creating a homemade volcano or making homemade playdough!
(Conveniently, Asia's written a handy little book that includes all sorts of great exploration activities just like those in her The Curious Kids' Science Book.)
The author also continues to walk young readers through the scientific process, which I know from years of teaching takes quite a while to sink in for little brains.
Like the first book, Monsters and Mold contains a glossary explaining more about the main scientific concepts found within the pages. I love how the topics tackled in these books cover interesting subjects that kids can relate to -- this one was on mold and preservatives and led to many hours of exploration for us after we finished reading!
I received a free copy of this product from Innovation Press in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.