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We borrowed Cece Loves Science from the library, and my 4 and 7 year old daughters loved it so much I ordered them a copy. My 7yr old's nick-name is Cece, and I was excited to find the level 3 reader was perfect for her. The illustrations are lovely and the story is wonderfully written. They could easily relate to the character, how she had boy and girl friends, her cute dog, and her curious nature. I loved the playful nod to famous scientists, Einstein and Curie, as well as the examples of scientific journalling (previous book) and terms. Last, but equally important to me, was the example of good character show in the books. Cece is respectful and kind to her little brother, friends, parents, teacher, and of course, her dog. The story really illustrates how science and curiosity is something we all have in common. Side Note: When I went to look around the house for our copy of the book to review it I knew exactly where to find it. It was in my 7yr old's bed, where she keeps the stack of her favorite books. And when I walked to my office with the book my 4yr old yelled out "Don't take it back!" (to the library). Haha! No worries, we own it. :)
Derting and Johannes have also authored one early reader for the series, and it looks like more are coming our way in the next year! For those readers just breaking into reading longer books on their own, Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull is written with good accessibility (the text is more spread out and easy to follow than in the picture books, but the scientific information is still strong. Derting and Johannes also include two experiments studying the forces of push and pull, as well as a small glossary of scientific terms at the back.
The whole series is wonderfully diverse, featuring interracial families, highlighting women in science, and celebrating friendships between boys and girls. My girls love the stories themselves, and I am delighted by how much science they learn (without even realizing it) and are inspired to do themselves (we’ve got grand plans to do all 4 experiments outlined in Libby Loves Science over the next few weeks). Though Derting is an accomplished author, she did major in biology, and her deep understanding of scientific processes shines in each book.