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Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished

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Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn’t have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters (she is a rabbit, after all) that she is too squished to work on her experiments! Can she use science to ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Clarion Books (first published 2017)
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Caroline
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte will experiment her way right into readers' hearts!
I love how this story blends scientific method in a very accessible way for young readers (perfect for K-3rd grade-ish and up!) with a totally relatable family challenge of being a little squished and wanting some alone time.
The illustrations are vivid, bright, and so superb with lovely expressions and scenery details to study and inspect.
A heartwarming, fun book!
Tina
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one made me giggle...for so many reasons! A squished bunny to a bunny means a fluffle which is too large. (A squished bunny to a human means tears and vehicular regrets...) As a scientist, Charlotte's fluffle problem should be one she could resolve...but that might be a book for a more mature audience! :)
Lindsey
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great way to introduce the scientific method to little ones. I loved the illustrations.
Gillian
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Determined, lovable Charlotte is a scientist with a problem - she's squished by her many siblings! She follows the scientific method to find the best solution to her problem. This book is equal parts cleverness and HEART and has an absolutely adorable, satisfying ending. Super relatable for anyone who's ever wanted a little more personal space - especially lovely for kids with an interest in science. And the illustrations are crazy cute. Writing this makes me want to read it again - and we've al ...more
Danielle
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Delightfully entertaining while educational as well. Go Charlotte!
Angela
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cutest STEM book of the year!
Courtney
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Presents an introduction to the scientific method through an adorable story about finding your place in a family. This would be great to share with a child moving into his or her own space. Although, for those of us who have shared a room for most of our lives, (I maybe had my own room for a total of 4 years of my life) it shows the importance of creating your own space wherever you can find it.
Jacqueline Ogburn
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A delightful romp. Charlotte find her large family a obstacle of good research. So she applies the scientific method to the problem and takes off for outer space. Plenty of peace and quiet, but still, something is missing...
Heather Gunnell
Staff Pick

Charlotte needs more room to conduct her science experiments, so she uses the scientific method to figure out how to gain more space in a house full of family. I love the way she analyzes her situation and experiments to see what works and what doesn't. Read on to see what Charlotte learns.
Beth
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful introduction for young researchers to the scientific method.
Jason Gallaher
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from start to finish, beginning with the endpapers that have the schematics for Charlotte's carrot-shaped spaceship. Then we get a rundown of the scientific method in the most fun way, complete with fantastic illustrations of Charlotte's large family that are making her feel squished. There's even a tall, awkward, shy hipster sibling, and I just loved that attention to detail. Andros's writing is so funny as she describes different ways Charlotte experiments, and her depiction ...more
Alison Goldberg
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the schematics on the endpapers to Charlotte's use of the scientific method throughout the book, readers are introduced to problem solving in a fun and playful way. I love Charlotte's character. Her determination and diligence come through in this unique and satisfying story.
Chantele Sedgwick
ADORABLE. Loved it.
Steph
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not only absolutely adorable, but also perfect for teaching the five steps of the scientific method.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

4.5 stars

Joining the wonderful, growing stream of science-leaning picture books, Camille Andros and Brianne Farley's Charlotte the Scientist is Squished is a beautifully illustrated, utterly delightful story that comfortably and easily introduces the scientific method to children- with an adorable story to boot.

You might be wondering how a picture book can all of those things, and I think it comes down to how debut author Andros approaches the story, and how Secret Tree Fort illustrator Farley c
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Tasha
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charlotte is a serious scientist with science instruments and protective goggles. She had one big problem, her family left her squished for room all the time. There was no space for her experiments where her siblings weren’t messing around with her equipment. So Charlotte started an experiment by asking a question, stating her hypothesis and then testing the hypothesis. Her hypothesis was that if her siblings disappeared, she’d have room to be a real scientist. Charlotte tried several ways to ma ...more
Cynthia Daniels
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte is a serious scientist with all the things that a real scientist needs: protective glasses, a lab coat, and a magnifying glass were her essential pieces of equipment. Charlotte always used the scientific method for solving problems. Charlotte is squished and hasn't enough room in her home to do her experiments because of her prolific family, Charlotte has twelve siblings. She is squished at the table, in the tub and sometimes squished on the toilet. Because of this it becomes impossibl ...more
Janet
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave this to my 8-yo daughter who wants to be an inventor when she grows up. She loved it, and here is her review:

“TEN stars!! (Boo that you can only give five!). I think Brianne Farley did a great job with the illustrations because she put lots of details in it. The story was super funny at some points, (“the chocolate was too tempting!”).

“Like when I read it, I wanted to do experiments of my own. My question was “Why do flowers bloom.” My hypothesis was, “If I give lots of energy to them, t
...more
Breanna Prokop
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary:
Charlotte is a bunny who loves science. She loves the scientific method, and she uses that love to come up with a plan to get her more space to do her experiments. Because living with her whole family, she doesn’t have any room to do her experiments and all of her equipment is getting broken. So her solution is to build a carrot spaceship, so she will have all the room to move around and do all the experiments she wants. But it’s not what she had hoped it would be like. She doesn’t give
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KidLit Motivates
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte is a scientist who wants to conduct important experiments, but her numerous rabbit family members are always getting in the way. Using a step-wise scientific method, Charlotte designs a trial-and-error method until she finds herself with plenty of space to experiment. Then Charlotte has a new problem, too much space makes her feel lonely, so the scientist-bunny starts a new experiment until she finds the happiest medium.

Upsides: This book is an excellent balance of scientific reasonin
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Amanda Brooke
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nominated for the 2019 Washington state children's choice picture book award. Books like this are a great approach for teaching topics that are difficult for kids. The scientific method is important and we teach it really early. I think I was in the 7th grade when I heard about it for the first time. Not a good year to introduce rules - I could not abide by such rigid thinking and I couldn't see the big picture. I think it was my frontal lobe being scattered my hormones.

Cute story though, Charl
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The Library Lady
I would like this a whole lot better if it weren't so damn "purposeful."
Girls can be scientists! Girls can figure things out!

Yup, they can. No need to hit the message over the reader's head with a sledgehammer, complete with a "Five Steps on How to be a Scientist," and a pitch to the readers to write in to "Charlotte the Scientist."

It's an extra pity, because without the preaching, this is charming, as Charlotte is "squished" in her overcrowded bunny home, travels to outer space for more space,
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Sarah
The thing I like best about this book is that the experiments require Charlotte to go back to the drawing board many times. The one thing that I didn't like was the illustration of the Scientific Method at the beginning. It's very silly, but it shows you go step by step, come to a conclusion and you are done. I feel this should be a circular diagram. Generally, your conclusion leads you to a new question and the process begins all over again.

That's a really picky point, but having recently judge
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Cameron
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ted-2360
Summary
In Charlotte the Scientist is Squished we follow the story or a rabbit bent on using the scientific method to find a way to free herself of all the worries that surround her in an overcrowded home. She finds that her many hypotheses have flaws, until she finds one that might do the trick. Or does it? Can Charlotte find some space? What does she risk losing if she finds what she's looking for?

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I would use this book as an introduction to the scientific method, having children write d
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Erin
Reminds me a bit of P.J. Funnybunny who hypothesized that being a different kind of animal would be easier than being a bunny, but after a long round of experimentation, he came to the conclusion that being a bunny was in fact, the best fit for him. In a similar vein, but much more professional, is Charlotte. Poor Charlotte, her family interferes in all of her experiments. So she ends up alone in outer space.

At first glance this looks like it might be too long for a quick readaloud, but it's per
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Susan
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about Charlotte who loves to solve problems. Her biggest problem is that she is squished in her den with all her brothers and sisters. She needs more space. After she determines the question, she forms a hypothesis, then tests the hypothesis with an experiment. It doesn’t work! She tries other experiments, recording observations, drawing conclusions until she solves the question. Only a new problem occurs. Find out how Charlotte continues with her experiments until she finds her pe ...more
storymamas
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Charlotte wants to conduct experiments in her house, but because her family is so large she can't find a place. Her family is everywhere, at the table, in the tub, even the toilet! Using the scientific method steps, Charlotte tries to solve the problem.

This book is a must for all elementary classrooms. It teaches kids about the scientific method and ways to go back and try again! #growthmindset .

Also a theme is how important family is, but takes into account that it's ok to want to be alone som
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Juliana Lee
Charlotte is one of many bunnies in the family and she was tired of being squished and she has no where to go to be a scientist. She decides to employ the scientific method to solve her problem. She works on making her siblings disappear. Then herself. Finally she builds a rocket ship to take her into space where she can have all the space she needs. But now Charlotte has a new problem... she's lonely. Charlotte has to go through the scientific method again in order to solve the new problem and ...more
Lynn
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picture books to support STEM/STEAM are now popular - do we need some criteria for this new genre (if we can call it that) or does our current criteria for picture books suffice?
I would like to offer the following:
-How realistic does the story need to be? Can it have animals as characters?
-Does it take familiar scenarios and seamlessly add the science/math angle?
-Is the science in-your-face, didactic, or is it so skillfully crafted that the reader slips effortlessly into the story and doesn't fe
...more
Chana Stiefel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte the scientist is an adorable bunny who has no space to do her experiments (her myriad bunny siblings are a squishy crew). So she uses the scientific method to answer her question: How can I get some space around here? Readers will hop along with Charlotte through her inquiry as she finds one hilarious--but imperfect--solution. Back to the drawing board for Charlotte! Adorable (and educational) text by Camille Andros is brought to life by hilarious illustrations by Brian Farley. I don't ...more
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