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The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle

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Frank William Epperson is a curious boy who wants to be an inventor when he grows up. Since inventing begins with experimenting, Frank spends a lot of time in his “laboratory” (i.e. his back porch) trying out his ideas, such as building a double-handled handcar that whizzes past the single-handled cars in his neighborhood. What Frank loves most, though, is experimenting with liquids. When he invents his own yummy flavored soda water drink, his friends love it! And this gets him to thinking: “I wonder what this drink would taste like frozen?” Though he doesn’t yet realize it, his curiosity will lead to his best invention ever: the Popsicle!#In this innovative picture book, Anne Renaud tells a lively story inspired by a real person and true events. Budding scientists will be inspired to emulate the way Frank follows his curiosity, works hard and never gives up – a growth mindset in action. Interwoven within the story are full-page illustrated instructions for four science experiments that Frank performs, so readers can try them at home or school. Thoroughly researched back matter provides additional historical notes, photos and a bibliography. This readable book covers social studies topics including early twentieth-century history and inventions and inventors, as well as science topics, such as simple chemistry experiments and an overview of the skills and strategies of scientific inquiry.

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Frank William Epperson is a curious boy who wants to be an inventor when he grows up. Since inventing begins with experimenting, Frank spends a lot of time in his “laboratory” (i.e. his back porch) trying out his ideas, such as building a double-handled handcar that whizzes past the single-handled cars in his neighborhood. What Frank loves most, though, is experimenting with liquids. When he invents his own yummy flavored soda water drink, his friends love it! And this gets him to thinking: “I wonder what this drink would taste like frozen?” Though he doesn’t yet realize it, his curiosity will lead to his best invention ever: the Popsicle!#In this innovative picture book, Anne Renaud tells a lively story inspired by a real person and true events. Budding scientists will be inspired to emulate the way Frank follows his curiosity, works hard and never gives up – a growth mindset in action. Interwoven within the story are full-page illustrated instructions for four science experiments that Frank performs, so readers can try them at home or school. Thoroughly researched back matter provides additional historical notes, photos and a bibliography. This readable book covers social studies topics including early twentieth-century history and inventions and inventors, as well as science topics, such as simple chemistry experiments and an overview of the skills and strategies of scientific inquiry.

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AWARDS & REVIEWS

Reviews

"Sweet."

Kirkus Reviews, 25/06/2019

"An upbeat, biographical picture book with plenty of kid appeal."

Booklist, 12/09/2019

"... delightful ..."

The Globe and Mail, 16/09/2019

"The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle will certainly engage young readers ..."

CM Magazine, 02/10/2019

"... an inspiring story of a young person’s passion and perseverance."

School Library Journal, 11/11/2019

"... an ideal book to share with any budding natural science enthusiast or fan of frozen treats!"

Montreal Review of Books, 21/09/2019

Awards

  • 2021 - The Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, K-3 Category, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Nominee

  • 2021 - Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award, Washington Library Association, Nominee

  • 2020 - Horned Toad Tales List, CFISD, Winner

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