Thursday, June 7, 2018

Iqbal and his Ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby - ADVISABLE

Suneby, Elizabeth Iqbal and his Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet, illustrated by Rebecca Green.  PICTURE BOOK Kids Can Press, 2018. $19. 9781771387200 
Iqbal lives in Bangladesh and is excited to compete in his school’s upcoming science fair because there is a cash prize.  While he is contemplating which project to do, he is concerned about his mother and baby sister because they are getting sick from inhaling the cook fire's smoke. Iqbal comes up with the idea of a solar cooker for his mother and wins the science fair money so that he can also buy her a propane cook fire when the sun is not out.  

like that this book draws attention to the problems that people face in third world countries as well as their solutions.  There is an explanation at the end about how solar powered cook stoves helps people and the environment.  My only issue with this book is that it comes across as nonfiction, but this is a fictional story. Also the vocabulary and concepts were advanced enough that a teacher would need to talk younger elementary kids through this story.  I liked the illustrations and I liked that it educates readers about different cultures. 
EL – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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