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Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! (Sydney & Simon)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Sydney and Simon are twin mice on a mission to save the wilting flowers in their window box. During a humid heat wave, their window got stuck, and now they can't open it to water their blossoms before the neighborhood flower show. The young chapter book underscores how the characters use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to learn about the water ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2014)
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Marcie
I think I'll try this as a read aloud on International Dot Day just to show how Peter and Paul Reynolds are able to positively influence so many aspects of education. I love the examples of the two different formats of Wonder Journals and can see lots of teachers using this as a jump off for using science journals in the classroom.
Laura
Dec 31, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Terribly didactic about STEM, with a little creativity in so it qualifies as STEAM - but will that bother the target readers? I rounded this up because who doesn't love mice, but I wonder if this will become a series, and if so, will it be bought because of the Message, or because the story works?
Melissa Jones
Feb 13, 2015 Melissa Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: read-children-s
Certainly not "literature" but message about everyday uses of STEAM are presented. I see it as a good book for introducing the ideas but not for a well crafted piece of literature to enjoy.
:Donna Marie
FULL STEAM AHEAD written by Paul A. Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, is exactly the type book one would expect from these creativity advocates!

One thing I REALLY liked about this book was the focus on creative thinking and curiosity. Sydney records things in her "Wonder Journal" spiral-bound notebook, while Simon, her twin brother, does his "wonder"ing and creating electronically. (This immediately brought to mind (www.wonderopolis.com.)These two inventive siblings find out that
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Katie Fitzgerald
This book beats kids over the head with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) in a story populated by an unlikely number of scientists and scientific problems. The chapters would work fine as, say, introductions to textbook sections covering the subjects mentioned, but as a fictional story, the whole thing feels artificial. I get that teaching science is important, and that making science fun helps get kids excited about learning it, but didactic books that tell kids science is ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Blend of factual information, such as the water cycle and Archimedes screw pump, with a fictional story of twin mice who plan and execute a combination art/flower show. The topics covered are related, but none are covered in depth. The story could also have been fleshed out a bit more. This book is a little too brief and needs a bit more substance. Still, it represents a promising start to this series by a talented team of twins themselves. Glossary included at the back of the book.
Sarah
I chose this for my first grader and it was a little long for him. He enjoyed it in short intervals, but I have a feeling this is one we will check out again when he is in 2nd grade and has a longer attention span. Otherwise, it was a good juvenile chapter book that addressed STEM related activities.
Carol
Sydney and Simon are young mice with a problem. Luckily they have scientific minds, as well as artistic, and get to work finding a solution. They have some very helpful adults along the way but they do most of the hard work themselves. Cute pictures and informational text make it a good way to learn about the water cycle for kids just leaving beginning readers and heading into chapter books.
Joellen Mccarthy
Nov 30, 2014 Joellen Mccarthy rated it really liked it
Fictional story with likeable characters twin brother mice. Fun way to introduce STEAM thinking and discuss wondering, creativity and more to young learners. Celebrate ideas & wonderings. "When the going gets tough, the tough get creative." Great motto!
Kristen
Dec 03, 2014 Kristen rated it it was ok
This book about twin mice who apply STEAM concepts in real life situations reads more like a math textbook story problem than an actual story. However, it would definitely be useful for teachers or parents looking for ways to extend their children's education or critical thinking skills.
Samantha
Sep 22, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it
Twins Sydney and Simon learn about science as they attempt to water their window plants in the heat wave that has caused the window to temporarily swell shut.

Nice story balanced with STEAM elements. Good start to a series for grades 3-5.
Brenda Kahn
A pair of spirited, scientifically thinking twins set about solving a dilemma in order to save their flower show entry. Zippy, colorful illustrations.
Denise
Feb 16, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
Cute story for lower level chapter book readers. Mom is an inventor and Dad is a poet! Love the use of science to solve a problem!
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