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Science fair bunnies
Lasky, Kathryn.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
In need of a replacement science fair project, two friends must decide whether to use their loose teeth or leave them for the Tooth Fairy.
Reading Level:
250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 43125.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.8 2 Quiz: 22059 Guided reading level: L.
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From Kathryn Lasky and Marylin Hafner, creators of LUNCH BUNNIES and SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES, another appealing story about negotiating the complex rituals of elementary school. Oh, no! The Science Fair is next week and Clyde's project, a row of wilted bean plants, is a goner. His older brother says he is in big trouble, and Clyde agrees, ... until his loose tooth gives him an idea, a really great idea. The question is, will Rosemary, his friend and science partner, be willing to give up her very first loose tooth? More importantly, will the Tooth Fairy understand that they did it in the name of science? Kathryn Lasky and Marylin Hafner, creators of LUNCH BUNNIES and SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES, tell another satisfying story about the anxieties and triumphs of life in first grade.

Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. In this sequel to Lasky and Hafner's Lunch Bunnies (1996) and Show and Tell Bunnies (1998), Clyde's science project plans wilt with the untimely demise of his bean plants, just a week before the science fair. A loose tooth inspires him to think of a new experiment, soaking teeth in tea and other liquids to see if they change color. Clyde and his partner, Rosemary, both sacrifice their loose teeth--"for science" --carry out the project, and triumph at the science fair. Children may absorb the unstated moral that setbacks can be overcome and may lead to good results, while parents might learn that their role should be to encourage their kids but let them find their own solutions to problems. Both will be entertained by this vividly told tale of primary-grade life, brightly illustrated with amusing ink drawings washed with watercolors. A good choice for reading aloud. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bringing back the likable lapins from Lunch Bunnies and Show and Tell Bunnies, Lasky and Hafner again convey the trials and triumphs of elementary school with plenty of humor and unmistakable empathy. Clyde and Rosemary, his best friend and science-fair partner, are left high and dry for the science fair when the plants they have been growing for it suffer an untimely demise (as Clyde's big brother puts it, "They croaked. Dead, dead, dead"). But as Clyde wiggles a very loose tooth, he gets an idea, and he and Rosemary decide to test how different substances affect the color of teeth. Clyde asks his father to yank the loose tooth and then convinces Rosemary to make the supreme sacrifice: forgoing the Tooth Fairy and donating her first-ever loose tooth to the cause. Lasky and Hafner have a knack for taking kids' concerns seriously and then persuading kids to laugh anyway. In one of the caper's funnier scenarios, a tutu-clad, winged rabbit Tooth Fairy appears to Clyde in a dream, surrounded by jars of teeth in different liquids, and announces, "I just don't understand.... How could you do this to me?" His equally droll response: "Science. We did it for science." The dialogue is on target at every turn, and the watercolor and ink pictures, best for their range of facial expressions, likewise hit the mark. Ages 4-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-After Clyde's science-project plants die, he's "-up a creek without a paddle," as his brother says. Then when the distraught bunny's father tells him how glistening white his loose tooth looks, he remembers Grandma's brown teeth and gets an idea. Why not put three teeth in different substances for a week, and make observations for the project? His partner, however, is reluctant to sacrifice her first loose tooth to the cause ("But what about the Tooth Fairy?"). Nonetheless, the next day she brings it in a jar of strawberry Jell-O. They advertise and get a third tooth, which they soak in grape soda. Clyde and Rosemary win a blue ribbon for their "Yucky Teeth" experiment and the next morning Clyde feels a lump under his pillow. He opens a package and finds a shiny coin, his tooth, and a note from the Tooth Fairy explaining that "When it's for science, you can keep both." The detailed watercolor-and-ink cartoons are amusing and expressive. The cozy domestic scenes and busy classrooms and school auditorium are reminiscent of Marc Brown's "Arthur" books (Little, Brown). The giant bunny Tooth Fairy of Clyde's dreams, complete with butterfly wings, antennae, magic wand, green ballet slippers, and dollar-sign purse, is sure to bring a chuckle. A great read-aloud, especially in anticipation of a science fair.-June Roberts, Pennington Elementary School, Nashville, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.