Quick Overview: BioFables™ Series of Science-Based Children’s Novels
In everyday life, we encounter dozens – if not hundreds – of learning opportunities in science, math, interpersonal relationships, history, health, successes and disappointments … well, you get the idea.
BioFables books try to mimic the Big Picture of life and learning moments with stories featuring 7-year-old Melody and her twin brother Mallory. Factual tidbits of biology, chemistry and physics arise naturally as the Maloney family visit places as far away as Yellowstone National Park and as near as their own backyard vegetable garden in suburban Chicago. Family members and friendly people they encounter offer quick lessons in history, origins of words, geology and other categories of knowledge that are relevant to the locales the Maloneys explore.
Mischief is in the nature of smart seven-year-olds such as Mallory and Melody, abetted by Rufus, their black Labrador. In the only real departure from valid science, the twins discover their own unique, “extremophile” characteristics. Not that the adults around them believe this to be true. Except, perhaps, Grandpa Mike. And he keeps his thoughts to himself…mostly.
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While written for children, parents (especially home-schoolers), grandparents and teachers particularly value BioFables’ family-friendly approach to reading and learning. Each book contains dozens of examples of the countless opportunities that everyday life offers for exploring how the natural world works. Add travel and some unusual biological traits to the mix and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects reveal their secrets in a fun, spontaneous way.
In Series 1, The Adventures Begin, secrets and mysteries surround 7-year-old twins Mallory and Melody Maloney as they discover exciting things about themselves and the world around them. You’ll meet their parents, Grandpa Mike and a friendly scientist in the first book. Later books in this 12-book series will introduce additional members of the Maloney family, along with a variety of friendly, helpful people happily share their own experiences and unique wisdom.
Each of the twelve books comprising Series 1 introduces a broad assortment of topics. The eclectic mixture of subjects in the books mimics real life, as Melody and Mallory come across nuggets of information ranging from astronomy to music to zoology (and hundreds of others in between). This introduction to many different subject areas allows young readers to discover which ones spark their imaginations
You can help ignite those sparks in a couple of ways. Click on the Series 1 Book List at the right to read brief descriptions of all books in Series 1, both published and those in process. Click on one of the book titles under the Book List to find a brief summary of that book’s contents and a table of subjects appearing in each chapter with links to additional resources on the Web (age-appropriate links are highlighted).
Examine each book even more deeply with each book’s Companion Book atlas for parents and teachers. Companion Books parallel their respective children’s books; major Knowledge Gateways™ are represented by colorful, annotated pinwheels. Charts and Discovery Path™ trails through the Knowledge Gateways match the colors of the pinwheel. Supplemental narratives offer addition background information and serve as conversation starters; write or draw in the jotting spaces to personalize the books with your own life experiences for sharing meaningful insights with children who are reading BioFables books.