Edie’s experiments- How to be the best
Penguin Random House Australia (2020)
Tales of an epic school project, a science obsessed Year five student and a nasty new arrival to the class; Charlotte Barkla incorporates humour, competition and life lessons into this entertaining tale of a Year five student who wants to be the best. Barkla is a former civil engineer and physics teacher who has turned to writing to spread the joy and importance of science, engineering and sustainability. ‘Edie’s experiments- How to be the best’ is the second book in the ‘Edie’s experiments’ series. Barkla has also published ‘All bodies are good bodies’ and is prolific in her article writing for the likes of The Australian Education Union, Engineers Australian as well as other publications. Teacher resources relating to science and sustainability, with a connection to the Edie books, can be found on her website.
Edie is ambitious, persistent and energetic. And she loves science! She jumps at any opportunity to get involved in a good experiment. Edie doesn’t just leave science for school, however, her whole family, even her little brother Max, endures her constant data collecting and experimentations. An Eco Fair competition is announced with a fabulous prize as the incentive. Edie is excited and confident until rivalry in the form of a conceited classmate, Dean Starlight, shifts her attitude. With his fabulous hair and Science Academy training, Edie knows that the competition will be tight. What she doesn’t realise is that Dean plays dirty. Will competitiveness see Edie succumb to these nasty tactics? Only time, and reading, will tell.
This playful novel is perfect for children between the ages of 7 to 12. At a younger age, children will enjoy having the saga read to them. The cartoonish pictures and science experiments embedded within the text add to the engagement and are perfect for use by teachers as a sample scientific procedure text type. The book would also useful for critiquing how an author organises and presents fictional information in a variety of ways. My Year twos give it The Thumbs Up!
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