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|Sydney & Simon : full steam ahead!|
Author: Reynolds, Paul A.
Twins Sydney and Simon learn about the water cycle and use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to solve the problem of their stuck window and thirsty flowers.
Common Core Standards
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/14)
School Library Journal (08/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2014 Gr 1–4—Twins Sydney and Simon are the best kind of inquisitive; they're eager and excited to investigate all the wonders that come their way. When their windowbox flowers are threatened by a stuck window, the two get to work exploring how to solve their problem. As they seek the input of trusted adults and creatively hypothesize how to get water to their flowers before they die, they end up incorporating elements of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) into their efforts. The book's overall message—that life is full of opportunities to solve problems, learn, and be creative—could easily feel contrived, but Reynolds weave these elements into an appealing narrative. All concepts are concisely explained through the text and accompanying illustrations of the purple mice at work, with a helpful glossary of terms at the end. Many a young artist, inventor, and idea enthusiast will find plenty to enjoy in this early chapter book.—Amy Koester, St. Charles City-County Library District, Wentzville, MO - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.