Unicorns and Germs (Zoey and Sassafras) Paperback – October 9, 2018

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In the sixth book, an earthquake shakes Zoey’s house. Or maybe it’s a unicorn-quake? An enormous new friend arrives in a lot of pain, and it’s getting worse every day. Zoey must work with her mom and Sassafras to find a cure — and quickly! 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):

A New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017 Selection

A Mighty Girl Book of the Year

“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

“…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 are able to’t find a dragon!”– Jennifer Wharton, Jean Little Library

About the Author

Asia Citro has an M.Ed in Science Education and was a classroom science teacher for many years before deciding to stay home full time after the birth of her daughter. She lives near Seattle with her wonderful husband, two awesome children, and two destructive cats. She started writing Fun at Home with Kids in February of 2013 and has since spent many late nights experimenting with new play recipes, sensory materials, and science experiments. She is the author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: the best and easiest playtime activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com, The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8, A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature, and the chapter book series Zoey and Sassafras. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Chicago Tribune, Today, Disney Baby, MSN, King 5 TV, and Highlights, among others. To read about her most recent late night discoveries or to see more photos of her adorable kids at play, visit www.funathomewithkids.com.

Marion Lindsay has all the time loved stories and pictures, so it made perfect sense when she made up our minds to become a children’s book illustrator. She has been awarded the Egmont Best New Talent Award. When she’s not illustrating children’s books, Marion paints glass and makes jewelry. Find out more at marionlindsay.co.uk. Marion lives and works in Gloucestershire, England.

In the sixth book, an earthquake shakes Zoey’s house. Or maybe it’s a unicorn-quake? An enormous new friend arrives in a large number of pain, and it’s getting worse every day. Zoey must work with her mom and Sassafras to find a cure — and quickly! 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.