Solid, Liquid, Gassy!

Crown. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525581444.
Gr 1-3–Esther the fairy is rather unusual; unlike the other fairies, she does not believe in magic! Instead, she and her friends Fig and Clover prefer to examine the world using the scientific method. Their latest experiment involves discovering what happens to ice when it gets warm. Together, they make observations, conduct research, ask questions, develop hypotheses, and test to find the answers. When the nearby pond unexpectedly disappears, it prompts Esther and her friends to apply their scientific approach to a real-world experience. They extend their initial experiment and learn more about how temperature affects water. Even though the explanation is not as magical as the other fairies would prefer, Esther and her friends do their best to make reality fun. A delightful blend of fact and fiction, this book helps bridge the gap between magic and science for young readers. Straightforward text guides the story, while feelings and emotions appear in accompanying speech bubbles. This combined presentation makes the story accessible to a range of readers. Fairy-like hues of turquoise, purple, red, and green dominate each page, enlivening the many visual elements in every illustration. The complexity of the book’s visuals makes it ideally suited to up-close examination. At the end of the book, readers are guided through a related science experiment they can try on their own, bringing Esther’s story to life.
VERDICT This is an enjoyable addition to lower elementary school library and classroom science collections.

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