Title: Cece Loves Science
Author: Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Published: June 18, 2018
Theme: Science and Experimenting
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 3.5 | Lexile Measure: 540L
Synopsis: Cece, a budding and inquisitive scientist, and her equally curious best friend, Isaac, conduct experiments to see whether Cece’s dog, Einstein, will eat his vegetables.
What a great book for kids interested in science or those that ask lots of questions. The main character is from a mixed family which is really cool to see in a picture book. The books works through the steps of the scientific method. I love the science project worksheet that follows the project step by step. This isn’t the drab science that we read about in textbooks. The authors demonstrate how the collaboration of boys and girls in the sciences can solve some interesting questions.
It is impressive that the illustrations were done in Photoshop. Harrison’s illustrations were fun and colorful. They seemed to melt into the pages. This book is definitely a keeper and a real asset to science teachers in elementary school. It could be used as an introduction to the scientific method. The text breaks down the steps simply and in a manner that could be appreciated by a child. The experiment is fun and could get the students’ creative juices flowing. Derting and Johannes make science fun again.