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Do you understand the nature of the earth we live on? The layers and how it operates? Albert Hopper, Science Hero will help your elementary students understand the basics of our world with humour, frogs, and great illustrations. I can only hope this is the first in a long series of science book adventures! 🙂
What I am Reviewing
John Himmelman uses liberal doses of humour to teach facts about the nature of the earth in Albert Hopper, Science Hero. I received an advanced readers copy from Raincoast Books to share with you today. Running at 144 pages and published by Henry Holt & Company Books for Young Readers, youth aged 6-8 will laugh their way through to the centre of the earth.
Albert Hopper, Science Hero is on a mission: to travel to the center of the earth! With his wormlike ship Wiggles and the help of his niece and nephew, trusty Junior Science Heroes Polly and Tad, Hopper is ready to go where no frog has gone before. Thick layers of rock and rubble, tunnels of lava, and temperatures of 6,000 degrees stand between our heroes and their prize. Will they make it? Find out in this funny and informative adventure.
The Details on Albert Hopper, Science Hero
Albert Hopper is uncle to Tad and Polly and he has a mission… Travel to the centre of the earth. Can he do it, along with some help, in the Wiggles ship?
John Himmelman illustrates his own books, and in this first in a series book, the frogs are done in green against a black and white illustration.
Using humour, Himmelman teaches words like stalagmite, sedimentary, and fossil. Digging toward the centre of the earth, young scientists zip through the different eras of the earth.
Throughout the 11 chapters this family of adventurers face various troubling circumstances. The question is always… will they make it? What will they learn and see along the way?
I can’t say that all 6-8 year olds will be able to read this early chapter book easily. There are some large words, but the large font and generally easy reading would make it decent read for them. Being challenged by larger words isn’t always a bad thing either as it encourages asking for help and/or using reading skills.
Should you Get it?
Albert Hopper, Science Hero: worming to the centre of the earth would be an excellent book for any young scientist. An excellent primer into the geography of the earth and plate tectonics.
It would be very useful in a study on the layers of the earth, old earth science, and earthquakes. As I said on instagram, it’s a fun, goofy read and young scientists should thoroughly enjoy it.