Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
The first in a new series by the author of Franklin the Turtle! Join Professor Goose in this STEM-filled picture book as she fact-checks classic fairy tales and shares the science behind these flawed stories.
Mother Goose's fairy tales are NOT based in science, and her great niece Professor Goose thinks it's time to share the truth. Join Professor Goose as she — literally — travels through the pages of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, fact-checking, exposing the flaws and explaining the science. Bears don't live in cottages — they prefer dens! The smallest bowl of porridge wouldn't be "just right" — it would have been the coldest! Professor Goose is delighted to see Baby Bear use the scientific method and Goldilocks's fight or flight response. And maybe Goldilocks should have used a GPS so she wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place?
Jammed with jokes and wonderfully silly illustrations, this book entertains while it introduces basic scientific laws and rules to young readers. At the back of the book, readers will find Professor Goose's instructions on how to engineer their own chair for a (teddy) bear!
About the authors
Paulette Bourgeois est l'auteure des albums mettant en vedette Benjamin la tortue. Traduites dans 38 langues, les aventures de Benjamin se sont vendues à plus de 60 millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde! Benjamin et la Saint-Valentin a remporté la troisième position au palmarès Communication-Jeunesse des livres pour les jeunes.
When asked what she hopes children will learn from her books, Paulette Bourgeois explains: "It is most important to look for the wonder in ordinary things." Some of this wonder, and a curious anxiety, spill over into her character Franklin. The world's best-loved turtle overcomes the challenges of the everyday life of a five-year-old in a way that resonates with children. Since 1986, Franklin and Paulette have championed a fear of the dark, boastful fibs, thunderstorms, new friends, museum dinosaurs,...
When Paulette finished writing her first book, Franklin in the Dark, she knew that she would always write stories for children. With each new book, she imagines a child turning the last page and giving a satisfied sigh. Paulette explains: "I want readers to feel connected to my storybook world - to feel, to smell, to touch and to explore the landscapes, both internal and external, that I have created. As I write, I draw on my own experiences and find it easy to remember emotions and situations."
Although Paulette is best-known for the Franklin books, she is also the writer of fiction and non-fiction for young readers. In her non-fiction writing, she explores another realm of wonders with her young readers. She shares "amazing" information on many topics: from apples to potatoes; from fire fighters to Garbage Collectors; from the moon to the sun! What's next, the universe! The Sun: Starting with Space was shortlisted for a Science in Society Book Award (1995), given by the Canadian Science Writer's Association, and won the honor of Parents' Choice Approval, given by the US Parents' Choice Foundation (1997).
Currently, Paulette is endeavoring to write longer books for children, and trying to follow the advice she gives to children: "Read, read, read and write, write, write."
Alex Griffiths lived in Oslo, Norway until the age of 5, when his family moved to Buckinghamshire, UK. He studied Graphic Design at Coventry University and decided to become a children's book illustrator through his love for drawing and doodling. The Bug Collector was his debut picture book as author and illustrator. Alex now lives in Canada with his wife and two children.
- Winner, IODE Jean Throop Book Award
- Nominated, Shining Willow Award
- Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
One of CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022), Starred Selection
"This imaginative book is perfect for libraries with makerspaces and strong STEM programming." —School Library Journal
"[O]ur goose guide — with notable help from Alex G. Griffiths’s brightly daffy illustrations — [offers] some enlightening fun. . . . It's never too early to teach kids to question what they read or watch." —Quill & Quire
"Griffiths illustrates the incident in simply drawn scenes featuring rotund bears, a small blonde interloper, and . . . the occasional pink elephant or human scientist in a lab coat.” —Booklist
"[A] fun and inventive way to introduce young children to STEM concepts and the scientific method . . . a promising start to an entertaining new picture book series." —CM Reviews
"Paulette Bourgeois and Alex G. Griffiths have truly raised the bar . . . fascinating and funny." —Imaginary Elevators
Other titles by Paulette Bourgeois
L’heure du conte avec Benjamin : Un recueil de six histoires
Storytime with Franklin
A Collection of Six Favorites