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Author: Katrina Martin Davenport

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Publisher: Orchard Academy Press, Windstorm Creative, 2005

Material: hard cover

Summary: Denise, a 10-year-old girl, wants to explore mold under her new microscope. Her efforts to secretly create specimens are quickly outed when Mama catches a whiff of the foul odor. This is a picture book series that encourages kids to explore science.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: Child thought the book was fun, but the mold was gross!

Adult Reader Reaction: Parent thought the book was great and learned a new appreciation for mold. Parent also appreciated that the main character was a girl with petticoats, thus breaking with stereotypes of boys and nerds being the only ones interested in science.

Pros: The story encourages girls (and boys)to use their minds and explore the world around them. There are so many activities one could do with this book that it would never get old. The story is simple, what makes the book great is the informative material in the back--including instructions on growing your own mold.

Cons: None, unless you're afraid you'll have new experiments underway in your house.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Especially if you have a young girl. Its uses are endless.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE BEAR, YOU'RE A STAR! (A Greek Myth)   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: MISSION TO MADAGASCAR (Riley's World Series®)   THE RAINBOW WEB (Webs to Whales Nature Tales)

Educational Themes: The science of the story is fairly straightforward. This is a book that could be included in the curriculum of almost any class. Most of all, it challenges children to get interested in science responsible The IMPLICIT lesson is pursue your passion!

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, nature, picture book series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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