Min Makes a Machine
Min Makes a Machine
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Series: I Like to Read   
Annotation: On a very hot day, Min, a budding engineer, builds a machine that draws water from a well and into a swimming pool.
Catalog Number: #167373
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-3971-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2152-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-3971-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2152-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017023912
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Subject Heading:
Engineering. Fiction.
Language: English
Horn Book
Min's fellow-elephant friends are too hot to play. Min finds a creative solution to cool everyone off by engineering a machine to move water from a well to an empty pool. (Bafflingly, she doesn't use her trunk; and the presence of both a well and an empty pool in the savanna is unexplained.) Cheerful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations show the clever elephant's design process.
Publishers Weekly
Min, the ingenious, intrepid little pachyderm protagonist of the early reader 3-2-1-Go, is back to save the day with a new invention. The social dynamics are the same: Min, whose bright pink bow embodies her indomitable energy, wants to play with older elephants Ann and Bess, but they view Min as a pest at best. (Readers with older, too-cool-for-you siblings will instantly identify.) In this installment, it-s a brutally hot day on the savannah, but Ann and Bess would rather sweat, sulk, and tell Min to -go play with someone else- than do anything to change their situation. Not Min: she figures out a way to flood an empty pool using water from a nearby well and an Archimedes-s Screw (although it-s not named as such), and suddenly the pages are awash in splashes of bright, almost palpably cooling blue. McCully (Caroline-s Comets) breaks down Min-s problem solving into digestible, replicable parts and acknowledges that every great solution takes hard work. It-s a nifty lesson in both science and tenacity, but some may wish that McCully had slipped in an etiquette lesson as well: would it kill Ann and Bess to thank Min? Ages 4-8. (July)
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Word Count: 163
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195116 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q73604
Lexile: 250L
Guided Reading Level: P

Budding engineer Min uses her skills to save the day in this Level E easy reader, perfect for Kindergarten students to read on their own!

Min wants to play, but Ann and Bess say it's too hot to do anything. Min waves a fan, but it doesn't help at all. What's a girl to do?
There's a pool, but it's empty—but clever Min finds a nearby well with some water in it. A tube, a hose, some glue, and a good idea later, Min builds a machine to draw water out of the well and into the pool. 
Splash! Thanks to Min, all the girls can play in the pool!
Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully has created a fun tale about creative problem-solving, with simple text for emerging readers and bright illustrations depicting Min's creation of an Archimedes screw to add extra detail.
For more of Min's adventures, check out 3, 2, 1, Go! in which Min builds a catapult.

A Junior Library Guild selection!

The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards.  Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own!
Level E stories feature a distinct beginning, middle, and end, with kid-friendly illustrations offering clues for more challenging sentences.  Varied punctuation and simple contractions may be included. Level E books are suitable for early first graders. When Level E is mastered, follow up with Level F.

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