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Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On

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Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming. (2018). Illustrated by Peggy Collins. Hungry for Science. Markham: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 32 pages. Ages 5-9. ISBN 9781554553969. Sequel to Hungry for Math.

From the same author-illustrators who brought young readers Hungry for Math (a poetic look at math concepts) comes Hungry for Science. These short, lively poems help young readers explore scientific concepts — from chemical reactions to magnets, life cycles and more. A glossary of scientific terms is included in the backmatter.



    Review in Midwest Book Review 28:8 (August 2018), online at

    The collaborative project of Kari-Lynn Winters (who is a best-selling children’s author, literacy researcher and professor); Lori Sherritt-Fleming (who is a teacher, performer, and children’s book author); and Peggy Collins (who is the author/illustrator of several successful children’s books), “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On” is a poetic look at basic science concepts. This collection of short, lively poems help young readers ages 5 to 8 in exploring scientific concepts ranging from chemical reactions, to magnets, to life cycles, and more! Of special note is the inclusion of a glossary of scientific terms that is included in the backmatter. As entertaining as it is educationally informative, Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.

    Review by Thomas Jonte in School Library Journal (April 1, 2018), online at

    A delightful collection of short and sweet poems that outline basic science concepts such as magnetism, erosion, and the changing of the seasons. Each poem is short, no more than four stanzas of two to four lines, and is made up of simple rhyming patterns. Some have multiple voices for group reading and reciting, and are easy to memorize. They rarely include words or terms that would be difficult for younger children, and the included glossary spells the words out phonetically to help students sound them out. Girls are prominently featured in both the poems and illustrations as scientists and the characters making the discovery. This would work well for introducing science pupils to new concepts and is a refreshing break from more expository nonfiction books. VERDICT: A pleasing addition to classroom libraries for young elementary students.

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