Science Fair Day

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Ima Kindanozee likes to know anything and everything going on around her. She always asks plenty of questions. And the perfect day to ask questions is Science Fair Day. But perhaps she doesn't need to flip that switch on Josephina's spaceship project, or touch that bone on Dewey's dinosaur skeleton in order to find her answers. Will Mrs. Shepherd be able to put Ima's snoopiness to good use before the principal arrives to judge the science fair?

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Overview

Ima Kindanozee likes to know anything and everything going on around her. She always asks plenty of questions. And the perfect day to ask questions is Science Fair Day. But perhaps she doesn't need to flip that switch on Josephina's spaceship project, or touch that bone on Dewey's dinosaur skeleton in order to find her answers. Will Mrs. Shepherd be able to put Ima's snoopiness to good use before the principal arrives to judge the science fair?

This fifth story about the silly students in Mrs. Shepherd's class has the same endearing and funny chemistry as its predecessors.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The author and illustrator, with snappy text and busy illustrations, truly capture all the fun and stimulation of that traditional school competition, the Science Fair. A line of eager students files off the school bus carrying all sorts of oddments and oddities. Ima Kindanozee has been looking forward to this day because she is nosy and there are many questions she can pose to her classmates about their projects. Ima also has a yen to touch toggles, push buttons and stick her fingers into freshly painted objects. As she moves through the room, she leaves a trail of havoc. The teacher, Mrs. Shepherd, must delay Principal Helm's judging of the students' entries. When she finally is allowed to see them, Principal Helm is impressed by the questions and answers brought forth by Ima. Ribbons are handed out and, while Ima does not receive a ribbon, she does get something she values even more, a byline in the newspaper. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4- In this addition to Plourde's stories about Mrs. Shepherd's class, Ima Kindanozee is keeping her science-fair project a secret. Her classmates are furiously applying the finishing touches to their work, but Ima can't wait to quench her curiosity about everyone else's research and fires away questions about model brains, dinosaurs, rockets, and other elaborate contraptions. She can't keep her hands to herself and sets in motion a series of premature launchings, explosions, and other mishaps that require the teacher to repeatedly stall Principal Helm, who wants to come in to judge the entries. Plourde evokes pitch-perfect classroom chaos with sound effects like "creak-groan-crash" and "rap-tap-smack" and with tactile images like "sticky-icky-goo!" Frazzled Mrs. Shepherd, rendered comically through Wickstrom's cartoon illustrations, eventually opens the classroom door, at which point Ima confidently assumes the role of tour guide. Her own project, finally unveiled, is nothing more than a huge pile of notes. Clearly, the child prefers inquiry and investigation to actually making something. In this sweet story where each science-fair participant is praised specifically, Ima finally exercises her own talent as a school newspaper reporter. The idea that everyone has unique strengths will resonate at science-fair time and during other competitions throughout the year.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478782
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/24/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 780,150
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.76 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thor Wickstrom and Lynn Plourde are the team that created two other well-received books about Mrs. Shepherd's class. Mr. Wickstrom lives in Hancock, Massachusetts.

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