Hardcover – March 14, 2017

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A New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017 SelectionA Mighty Girl Book of the YearIllinois Monarch Award Nominee 2018-2019Florida SSYRA Book Award Nominee 2018-2019Washington OTTER Award Nominee 2018-2019 With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used. The series highlights child-led inquiry science and the topics covered align with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1–3—Zoey and her cat, Sassafras, love to explore, play pretend, and learn. They make an excellent team. Unfortunately, Zoey is feeling blue because her mom is leaving for a work conference. Even as her mom finishes packing, Zoey makes a big discovery: a photograph that glows purple, hidden amongst her mom’s papers. Zoey learns that magical animals come to the family’s barn when they need assistance. With her mom away, it is up to Zoey and Sassafras to aid a sick baby dragon. Zoey puts her Thinking Goggles to work as she researches how to help the dragon. The book relies heavily on STEM themes (Zoey creates an experiment, considers a hypothesis, and gathers evidence), but the story line does not suffer. Concepts are explained concisely and clearly, and a short glossary provides valuable vocabulary building. The somewhat 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, which will appeal to readers. An African American family takes center stage, something not steadily seen in early chapter books. VERDICT This book is a natural fit for STEM collections and deserves a place in all libraries serving young readers.—Sarah Wethern, Douglas County Library, Alexandria, MN

Review

“Concepts are explained concisely and clearly, and a short glossary provides valuable vocabulary building. The somewhat 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…Even as 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 be able to 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)

“Citro takes the “girl helping animals” trope of beginning chapters to a whole new level. Filled with scientific language and experiments, including a helpful glossary, Zoey is encouraged to make mistakes, fail, and stand up and keep trying. There’s no lack of child appeal either; both boys and girls will delight in the magical creatures and brisk storytelling and will be eager to take a look at some of their own scientific experimentation, despite the fact that they may be able to’t find a dragon!”

(Jennifer Wharton, Jean Little Library)

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A New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017 SelectionA Mighty Girl Book of the YearIllinois Monarch Award Nominee 2018-2019Florida SSYRA Book Award Nominee 2018-2019Washington OTTER Award Nominee 2018-2019 With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s mistaken. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late? Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn’t a set formula for each book; Zoey from time to time needs to run experiments, Even as other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used. The series highlights child-led inquiry science and the topics covered align with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.