Pirate, Viking & Scientist
Pirate, Viking & Scientist
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Annotation: Pirate and Viking fight to become the very best friend of a kid scientist, who meanwhile devises the perfect formula for all three friends to play happily together.
Catalog Number: #88010
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-25389-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-25389-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013022289
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A common dilemma between friends is uncommonly solved using the scientific method. Clad in a lab coat and dapper bow tie, Scientist (a brainy little kid) is unnerved when his two best friends, Pirate and Viking, don't get along. When both bearded, teeth-missing men vie for Scientist's attention, their fierce competition quickly turns into fistfighting at Scientist's birthday party. What's a young genius to do? Test out different "experiments" on his friends, of course, to see if anything will make the two get along. As with any scientific process, the results must be studied and new hypotheses formed until reka! Scientist gets the results he wants when his pals discover all the things they have in common: ships, swords, pillaging, and plundering. Brightly colored retro illustrations heighten the visual humor. From the informative endpapers to the graph paper backgrounds, readers will be absorbed by every playful scientific detail. Terrific choice for classrooms and read-alouds to introduce themes of friendship and science.
Horn Book
Scientist is friends with Viking and with Pirate. But Viking and Pirate are not friends at all, "not even on Scientist's birthday." Scientist tests out different hypotheses to help Viking and Pirate become friends. Once Scientist realizes, through trial and error, what the two have in common, the birthday party is a success. Boisterous illustrations are a good match for this quirky tale.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; In this quirky story, young Scientist is friends with Viking and Pirate, but the latter two absolutely do not get along. Tensions run high at Scientist's birthday party, so he turns to science to try to bring his buddies together. He forms a hypothesis, conducts an experiment, studies his results, and adjusts his calculations. After reflecting on his work, Scientist ultimately unites Viking and Pirate around their shared interests: boats, swords, pillaging, and plundering. Scientist's final experiment is a success, and all three characters become friends. The accessible text, silly premise, and simple yet accurate incorporation of scientific principles make this a unique gem for elementary collections. Onomatopoeia features prominently in action sequences that invite inferences, and the ink and digitally colored illustrations employ a fun and funky use of color. The graph-paper background and Venn diagram on title page are delightful references to the scientific theme. This is a great read-aloud to foster discussions around the scientific process and important lessons about friendship. An excellent addition.&12; Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY
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Horn Book (Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2015)
School Library Journal (Mon Dec 01 00:00:00 CST 2014)
Word Count: 317
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170857 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

In this funny story that's perfect for fans of Ada Twist, Scientist, a determined little boy won't rest until he proves his theory that you really can have more than one best friend!

Pirate is friends with Scientist.
Scientist is friends with Viking.
Pirate and Viking are NOT friends.
What can Scientist do?

Use his brain, of course--and the scientific method! He forms a hypothesis, conducts an experiment, observes his results, and tests his subjects again and again until he discovers the perfect formula for friendship.

Includes a bonus list of scientific terms and definitions, just right for young readers.

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