Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure
by Camille Andros
Illustrated by Brianne Farley
In this empowering picture book with a STEM focus, Charlotte, a budding bunny scientist, ignores the doubters and confidently finds a cure to the mysterious malady affecting the forest.
The animals of the forest are all getting sick and no one can figure out why. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and help her friends and family, Charlotte dives into some serious medical science. But when the doctors and other scientists don’t take her work seriously, she sets out to find a cure on her own, determined to show that she can make a difference. This empowering story about a smart, confident bunny encourages girls to be persistent and believe in themselves.
"An alliterative self-esteem builder."
"Farley’s comical cartoon illustrations... make this story of scientific inquiry and experimentation go down easy. Andros nicely emphasizes research methods, confidence, resilience, and the importance of curiosity to scientific vocations."
"Charlotte, a rabbit wearing safety goggles and a white lab coat, considers herself a serious scientist. She lives in the forest with her large family made even bigger when her famous scientist grandpa moves in. He tells her that one day she will make a difference in the world. When a mysterious illness strikes the forest creatures, including Grandpa, Charlotte seizes the chance to make a difference. She goes to work, but after examining all the sick, she is stumped. A team of doctors arrive. Charlotte tries to share the data she gathered, but the grown-ups ignore her. Undeterred, Charlotte works harder and finally figures out that the illness is associated with some lumpy carrots that all of those afflicted ate. She determines that the carrots have "Funky Forest Fungi" and concocts a cure for both the afflicted and the carrots. Detail-oriented illustrations created with pencil, ink and finished digitally with bright colors add a lively element. The clothing-wearing forest animals go about their day, doing very human activities, including using outhouses (for the gathering of specimens) and sleeping in wrought-iron beds. The prose, while not excessively wordy, is dense at times, using a small font and challenging vocabulary. The end pages contain a glossary for science words used in the book and a message from Charlotte. Charlotte asks kids to write to her how they have made a difference using science. VERDICT Though very young listeners and readers may find this book a challenge, this is a good book for educators to share with budding scientists."
—School Library Journal