I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t write a single book review since the beginning of summer. 2018 presented itself as an unexpected, chaotic and nevertheless extremely positive year. The summer was turbulent, but as of now Finja and I are settling into the new, typical routine of a single-parent-family. The beginning of fall always marks the time of cuddly blankets, evenings spend on the couch and reading not only one, but two or three (or four 🙂 ) books at bedtime. We are excited for fall crafts, Halloween décor, pumpkin spice everything, baking and, sure, reading.
„Acadia Files, Book Two, Autumn Science“ by Katie Coppens arrived just at the official beginning of fall. Myrick Marketing and Tilsbury House Publishers put together a thoughtful box with some craft supplies and leaf identification cards for us. This didn’t just make my day, but also made the beginning of fall more special for us. Why? Just keep reading… 🙂
“The Acadia Files, Autumn Science” is the second book in the Acadia Files series by author and teacher Katie Coppens. Our heroine, Acadia, is a curious and clever middle-schooler. She wants answers to everything she discovers around her. Do frogs have lungs? Why do leaves change colors in fall? How do plants produce oxygen, which role does sunlight have? What are time zones? Is water dinosaur pee? And, more practically, why do people litter?
Acadia doesn’t just ask questions. She conducts science to answer them. In her notebook, she writes down “new science words” she is learning, glues down her favorite leaves and the appropriate tree names, draws and writes down questions she couldn’t answer yet.
“The Acadia Files” presents five stories of fall, followed by pages of Acadia’s notebook. The book will engage elementary and middle school aged children from morning to evening:
They will enjoy the story of Acadia and her friends during bedtime and be engaged to conduct experiments with Acadia during the day. Children are motivated to ask questions, to discover and to find creative ways of thinking. The book series by Katie Coppens is a wonderful introduction into practical science! Acadia makes hypotheses, designs experiments, analyzes data, and draws conclusions. Acadia does science.
Finja was amazed by Acadia and immediately caught by Acadia’s quick wit and her curiosity. As a five year old she is a little younger than the target audience for the Acadia files, but she enjoyed the stories and followed the scientific explanations nonetheless. Author Katie Coppens is a middle school English and Science teacher and definitely knows how to make science interesting for children! We can’t wait to discover the other books of the Acadia series.
„Acadia Files, Book Two, Autumn Science“
Written by Katie Coppens
Illustrated by Holly Hatam
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Series: Acadia Files (Book 2)
Hardcover: 88 pages
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers (September 18, 2018)