When Asia Citro first advertised her series Zoey & Sassafras, I jumped at the opportunity to read them. The books are about a young girl with a cat that includes science and magic? Count me in!
The series is growing and there are two forthcoming books. The fourth book in the series is came out on November 21, 2017 and I’ve already
pre-ordered devoured it because I love this series. Here’s why I love the Zoey and Sassafras books so much!
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The series encourages scientific exploration
The Zoey and Sassafras books are a creative series that combine magic and science in a way that is accessible and entertaining to young children. Both my kids love the first three books and we are still rereading them. It has also encouraged us to do do fun science projects as a family. It has sparked our creativity, even if we weren’t conducting real science experiments.
Zoey’s mom is a scientist and is instilling good scientific procedures into her daughter’s play. Zoey does many experiments throughout the books. Even though the creatures who need her help are mythical, the problems they have are rooted in reality, like when Zoey starts the 2nd book doing mold experiments and the monster who needs her help has a mold problem. Citro even warns through the story that people shouldn’t touch mold because it can be dangerous.
Science books for ages 5-9
Though the series is aimed at girls ages 5-9, both of my children are enamored with Zoey and positively adore Sassafras. They try to emulate her experiments and have even used swimming goggles as “thinking goggles.” Citro’s writing and characters have really inspired a love of science in my kids and I’m grateful this series exists. It’s an excellent way to add science into your child’s life (and yours).
Science isn’t my strong suit. The best way to learn is through play. Asia Citro’s Zoey and Sassafras series combines both concepts effortlessly. I love that such entertaining stories have great educational value. I want to instill a love for science into both my son and my daughter.
I’m also ridiculously excited about the next book!
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Asia Citro is the author of several science books and also blogs at Fun at Home with Kids. Her site contains all kinds of wonderful activites for toddlers, preschoolers, and even early grade students. I’ve done several of her activities with my children, though mine weren’t so picture perfect! However, they were fun.
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