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Book Review: Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship – Making School and Experiments Fun

Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship

By Cynthia Platt

Illustrations by Rea Zhai

Parker Bell is super excited. Today is going to be the biggest science announcement at school ever. She loves everything about science and cannot wait to grow up to be a famous scientist like one of her science heroes. Jane Goodall, famous for her work with gorillas and Mae Jamison, the amazing astronaut are her two favorites. She has pictures of them in her bedroom, which doubles as her Mad Science Lab. She loves making things like the automatic feeder for her guinea pig, Algebra. But sometimes gets in trouble with her experiments. One time she took the toaster apart to see how it worked and couldn’t put it back together.

Soon the best day ever turned sour from the start. Why is Theo sitting in her seat on the bus instead of her best friend Cassie? She hasn’t liked Theo since he messed up an experiment in class with her and she got the lowest points ever. The science announcement doesn’t happen until the very end of the school day. And then, they announce that three kids have to be on a team for the Science Triathlon instead of two. Why can’t it be just her and Cassie, they would crush it. But now what will happen now that Cassie adds Theo to the team without even asking her?

The three children will have to get along to win this competition, but Theo will hardly speak to Parker. Strangely, he talks to Cassie all the time. Is Parker going to lose her best friend? She is determined to not only win the Triathlon, but also run a side experiment to see if she can become a better friend with Theo in the process.

This chapter book has great ideas and lessons for grade school kids. It encourages science, friendship and learning. The examples of great scientists such as Goodall and Jamison will spark further interest and discussions with your child. There are nods to sharing, not always coming in first as well as recycling. Youngsters will also enjoy the guinea pig and chicken facts. The overall information at just the right level for a chapter book is perfect.

I hope Ms. Platt plans to bring back Parker and her friends. A new series starring these characters would delight me as well as countless kids and the adults that care about them.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman.

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Children’s Book Review: Starr and the HIgh Seas Wedding Drama – Terrific Series for Girls

Starr book 3Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama

Written by Lynn Woolley

Illustrated by Karen Wolcott

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from the publisher in connection with NetGalley & the publisher in return for my review. Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman

Starr Rubio’s Abuela has a surprise for the whole family. She is going to take them on a cruise. But the surprises didn’t end there, Abuela was getting married to Walter. His family was coming on the trip also. Things got even more exciting for Starr when she found out that she and Walter’s granddaughter were going to be flower girls.

But when Starr met Ivy, she soon discovered they were very different. Starr was excited about Abuela falling in love and getting married. Ivy wasn’t happy with the changes that would take place when her Grandpa married Starr’s Grandma. Could these two girls become friends?

Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama is the third book in the Flower Girl World Series chapter book. The story moved along quickly with plenty of tension to keep younger readers engaged. There were a few words in Spanish sprinkled throughout the text, with glossary and pronunciation guide at the end. Sharing other cultures is a great way for children to want to learn new languages as well as cultures.

I feel the characters would be easy for young girls to identify with. The feelings, experiences and interactions were very true to life.

I would recommend this series for children that can read chapter books by themselves. It is also appropriate for a bit younger age group to have parents or caregivers read it aloud to them, especially if they are going to be flower girls in a wedding.

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