I’ve followed Asia Citro’s blog for a few years now. I found it when I was looking for fun, messy play activities I could recreate at home for my littles. Her younger child is right around the same age as my kiddos, so she has many safe, fun activities for very young kids.
She’s also written a book series about a young scientist and her mom, who need to run experiments in order to help out magical creatures. It’s fantastic!
Okay, so I love it, but what do my kids think?
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Before I tell you about Zoey and Sassafras
Full disclosure: I applied to be on the parent launch team, so I received free stuff, including an advance copy of the first book, Dragons and Marshmallows. No blog review was required in exchange. I’m writing this because the first book is so good and educational that I wanted my readers to hear about it! All opinions are mine.
The Zoey and Sassafras book series
In our educational journey (homeschooling/unschooling/worldschooling, whatever label you give it), I am always on the look out for fun and educational books, activities, and so forth. Zoey and her cat, Sassafras, discover her mom can see magical creatures! Not only that, these creatures will come to her mother for help when sick.
While Zoey’s mom is out of town, Zoey takes over! Her first sick animal is a baby dragon. Zoey’s first question is what do baby dragons eat? She lays out the experiment. She chooses 7 different foods, measures out the exact same amount of each, and puts one food on each of 7 identical plates.
Zoey’s hypothesis is that dragons eat worms. She conducts the experiment and … well, I won’t ruin the surprise!
Dragons and marshmallows
Citro writes in an engaging way and clearly illustrates scientific concepts (like how to do an experiment). It’s simple enough that my 3 and 4 year olds are fascinated with this book. My 4 year old son, in particular, is captivated by the story and insists we read several chapters a night. We are already on our third time through. I didn’t think my kids were ready for chapter books. I’m so glad to be mistaken!
I’m also planning on buying the first three books for my 8 year old niece, because she’ll love it, too. I’m hoping that the series will be longer than three books, of course! Zoey is a great role model for both young girls and boys. When asked her favorite thing about the book, my 3 year old daughter said, “Zoey.”
My son concurs and also enjoys Sassafras.
If you’re looking for an easy way to introduce scientific concepts, Dragons and Marshmallows (book one in the Zoey and Sassafras series) fits the bill. My children are eagerly awaiting the next book to come out!
That’s three thumbs up!
What books are your favorite treasures for young kids?
More About Asia Citro
Asia Citro’s blog is Fun at Home With Kids. While many things are too messy to do while traveling, there are many great ideas of fun projects to do at home! She also runs Innovation Press, which publishes educational books aimed at young girls.