Paperback – March 14, 2017

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A Mighty Girl Book of the Year 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 second book of this series, a forest monster shows up looking for help with an embarrassing problem and Zoey is sure it will be a simple fix. But her first two tries at helping him fail and she has a sobbing monster on her hands! Will Zoey and Sassafras solve the problem in time for Gorp to go to the annual Monster Ball? 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.

Review

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…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)

“…tales for young audiences that model the scientific method are nice to see.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“…a delightful beginning reader. I can 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)

“…the imaginative premise and the incorporation of STEM elements make this an attractive and engaging choice.” (Booklist)

“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 rise 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, even though they may be able to’t find a dragon!” (Jennifer Wharton, Jean Little Library)

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, A Little Bit of Dirt, and the Zoey and Sassafras chapter book series. 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.

A Mighty Girl Book of the Year 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 second book of this series, a forest monster shows up on the lookout for help with an embarrassing problem and Zoey is sure it’ll be a simple fix. But her first two tries at helping him fail and she has a sobbing monster on her hands! Will Zoey and Sassafras solve the problem in time for Gorp to go to the once a year Monster Ball? 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 every now and then 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.