Well, it's about time. That's all I can say. We finally have a
sequel to 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore.
In Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter's 11 Experiments That
Failed, our spunky protagonist is back in full scientist mode,
complete with white lab coat and pink rimmed safety glasses. Whether
using her brother's sneakers in an attempt to grow a fungus garden or
trying to clean dishes in a washing machine, she adheres to proper
procedures. The question and hypothesis are followed by methodology
and usually pretty funny results.
If you want a good laugh, share this light-hearted book with the
kids in your life. But keep an eye on them. If they're anything like
my child self, they may find it, shall we say, inspiring.
On a personal note, I still experiment. I have discovered, among
other things, that dishwasing liquid can be substituted for laundry
detergent but not the other way around, pancake recipes can be altered
if the family is kept in the dark, and a grown woman--
or at least this one--can't go a whole day on nothing but pink
A great big shout out goes out to our RSU 26 science teachers and the
hands on learning experiences they offer their students.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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