About the Book
Author: Katie Coppens
Illustrator: Holly Hatam
Number of Pages: 88
Recommended Ages: 8-12 years
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Books that explore science through adventure
The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science presents five stories of fall, each one followed by Acadia’s science notebook pages with her simple explanations and lively, whimsical drawings of natural phenomena. The Acadia Files is a fun introduction to the wonders of science, using real-world scenarios to make scientific inquiry relatable and understandable. Parents and educators can use The Acadia Files to let kids discover for themselves what it’s like to be curious about the world and to satisfy that curiosity with scientific thinking.
Acadia Greene wants answers. What happened to the frogs she used to see at her favorite local pond? Why do leaves change color in the fall, and why don’t evergreen needles do the same? What is the water cycle, and what is transpiration? How do time zones work, and why does the sun set at different times in different places within a single zone? How do germs infect us? Acadia doesn’t mean to do science, but she has questions and her parents refuse to simply give her the answers. “Conduct an experiment,” they tell her. “Use the scientific method.” So Acadia makes hypotheses, designs experiments, analyzes data, and draws conclusions. Acadia does science.
The author, Katie Coppens writes a recurring column for NSTA's middle school magazine Science Scope on science and literacy called "The Integrated Classroom."
Acadia loves learning and, along with her friend Isabel and a little help from mom, she sets out to learn all she can and maybe even make a difference in the world.
I love how this book is written like a journal. Acadia collect data, analyzes her observations, uses diagrams to explain what she's learned and then draws a conclusion. She also includes several things she still has questions about. Acadia's scientific process is straightforward and the concept is easy for readers to grasp so they can apply what they've learned and conduct science experiments of their own.
The illustrations are stunning and add to the story's charm. Readers will be easily captivated and let yearning to find out more.
I recommend picking up a copy and checking out the other books in the series too.
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