Discover why ice cream melts and leaves turn red in this brilliant picture book designed to unlock a love of science - written by scientist and TV presenter Dr Shini Somara.
Electrifying illustrations and an empowering story combine to introduce young readers to the world of science, observation and problem-solving. There's NOTHING that Ruben doesn't find fascinating. Why do leaves change colour? What makes ice cream melt? On a trip to the beach with his mum, he discovers how the world works and the brilliant scientists who have helped us understand it.
Maybe he can try out some awesome experiments and become a scientist too? With pages encouraging kids to try out their very own science experiments such as germinating seeds and writing with invisible ink, this brilliant picture book written by scientist and TV presenter Dr Shini Somara unlocks a love of science and celebrates women in STEM.
Reviewed by Helen Morgan
A Scientist Like Me by Dr Shini Somara with Catherine Coe, is a heartening picturebook which explores science through story, in particular the story of Ruben, a little boy, who is searching for a present to give to his Mum for her birthday, after breaking the one he had originally made.
Through a series of vibrant illustrations by Nadja Sarell, the reader is taken on a journey of wonder as Ruben’s curiosity and subsequent conversations with his Mum (a Biologist), lead to many discoveries about the world around him. Each double-page spread provides many talking points for children, on a variety of topics, and the opportunity to learn about scientists such as Marie Daly, Cynthia Kenyon and Alexander Fleming. It celebrates scientists (male and female) through a rich and technical language experience.
The text uses two different fonts, one which is used to tell the story and the other to introduce the facts shared by Ruben’s Mum. The factual information is cleverly presented in thought bubbles with a squared background, representative of the style and format in which children draw charts and record results.
A Scientist Like Me celebrates the world we live in and its message is one of great importance – that scientists have the power to improve our everyday lives by making the world a better place. Like Ruben, they do not always know what they are looking for but that is the beauty of the discovery itself! Children will be able to see themselves represented in this story as it taps into the natural curiosity that young children have for exploration and how/why things are the way they are.
This book would make a brilliant addition to any school library, but it would also be very well placed in Key Stage One classrooms as it will compliment many of the topics taught in Science and Geography. At the end of the book, there is an exciting experiment that can be carried out at school or at home.