Science With Scarlett is a children's picture book series about a young girl scientist and her teddy bear assistant who do amazing experiments with the reader.
The first book in the series is What Color Will It Be?
Overview of The Book
Discover something new with Scarlett and her amazing science experiments. Scarlett invites you to mix colorful lights and ask the question, “What color will it be?” all while learning about our amazing gift of sight and how our eyes can see the world in color. Come along on this fun adventure and explore surprising results along the way!
Get our FREE activities to use with your own set of colored flashlights and your favorite stuffed animal assistant! These feature two activities that go along with the book, including a Venn Diagram Model for tri-colored sight that works with colored LED flashlights and a mathematical way of representing the color mixing of light.
Remote Learning Resources
We've created and curated some great remote learning resources to help you learn at home about the science of color vision and more—even if you don't have colored flashlights! Check them out below:
15% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Eversight, an amazing non-profit organization dedicated to the work of making vision a reality for individuals who need their sight restored.
Few children’s stories go where Science With Scarlett dares to venture. Since children love stories and picture book characters, but often children’s science books are dry fact-sharing nonfiction, it follows that merging science and fiction in a teachable manner would be a great way to engage kids with scientific concepts and parents and kids reading together.
Children crave to know how the world around them works. And while they may not be able to handle all the technical vocabulary and concepts of science at a young age, they’re no less curious about what’s going on around them with things they can observe. But often, science texts for kids don’t tell stories, they merely give facts and show pictures. Science With Scarlett is different. It blends the visual draw and narrative appeal of a fiction story with an inquiry-based approach to teaching science through exploring discrepant events and developing conceptual models. This elegant story can get young thinkers wondering and young wonderers thinking.
After having his sight restored by cornea transplant surgery, Gary Abud, Jr. became a successful science teacher and was able to start a family. He never forgot the impact that regaining his vision had on his life, and eventually that motivated him to want to give back. Inspired by the curiosity of his preschool daughter, Laina, for the world around her, Gary decided to take some of his favorite science experiments and turn them into children’s stories to teach kids about science and engage them with reading at the same time. His intent was to direct proceeds from the book to support Eversight, the non-profit organization that helps make sight-restoring cornea transplants possible, and ultimately turn his passion for teaching, parenting, and science into a project that could help others.
Rich science blends seamlessly with rhyming verse and bright imagery to tell the story of Scarlett, the young scientist, who teaches the reader the science of color vision. Though the story is fiction, with Scarlett the science is not. Join her to learn how shadows are formed and the colors of light mix to make all the shades of the rainbow appear before our eyes.
Using only receptors for red, green, and blue, the eye can perceive other colors. Scarlett models this for the reader using tri-colored flashlights to conduct her light-mixing experiments.
This book conducts a series of demonstrations, experiments and discrepant events that ask the reader to predict what will happen on each page. With their own set of colored bulbs, readers could conduct the experiment right alongside Scarlett!
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