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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Summary: When Sid's mom calls him to breakfast, the only thing he can smell is Zeke's diaper. How can that be? Zeke is in the kitchen and he's down the hall near his bedroom. Once he gets close to the kitchen, though, he can smell Dad's famous pancakes. Sid is stumped. At school, Sid and his friends talk about things they smell from far away, and they learn about how our sense of smell works. This is an easy reader story based on the PBS series Sid the Science Kid
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, easy reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 1.1
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter grabbed this book right away because she loves Sid. She thought the information about molecules was nice, but she really liked the three jokes at the end.
Adult Reader Reaction: These stories have a great way of weaving factual information into a kid-relevant story. It has the "choppiness" and big illustrations of a Level 1 book, but more text than you would expect.
Pros: Kids will like this because it answers a perennial question about how we smell things. It will also get them to pay more attention to the smells around them.
Cons: Once you've read this once or twice, it won't get much interest anymore.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a valuable story and is a nice complement to other books featuring Sid, but the cuteness of it will be quickly lost.
Educational Themes: This is a great first-science book on how our sense of smell works. It would be fun to replicate the classroom experiment at home, by letting kids try to smell different things.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.