Book 1: Whoosh

NewFrontCover“Race ya.”
 The sun was barely peeking over the horizon at Yellowstone National Park when Melody shouted this unexpected challenge to her twin brother Mallory.
 “No fair. You got a head start!”
 A head start was exactly what Melody had in mind. She wanted to make sure Mallory didn’t reach Old Faithful before she did. (He didn’t)

If 7-year-old Melody Maloney had been standing anywhere else or Geyser Eruptionat any other time, this would have been an ordinary adventure story. But nature has a way of behaving that doesn’t always follow the rules.

What happens when the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone decides to misbehave? Melody and her twin brother Mallory find out, but no one believes them.

Why is the world’s first National Park the site for this first book in the BioFables series? Well, besides its famous geysers, Yellowstone shows off the exotic colors of its hot springs. What’s so special about that? Those bright blues, yellows, pinks and other colors are thanks to extremophiles, the heat-loving variety of extremophile microbes that live in the steaming waters. So what? Glad you asked. Scientists agree that only microbes are classified as extremophiles. But Melody and her 7-year-old brother Mallory discover that one of them might also be an extremophile. Whoosh is, after all, a work of fiction, and human extremophile instances are the BioFables series’ only departure from legitimate science.

BioFables children’s books focus on illuminating Sciences (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) principles through fun stories. Parents, you know from experience that learning the subject matter that we call Sciences is a good first step. Understanding Humanities subjects helps us know how best to apply Sciences principles to the practical needs of the external world. And understanding one’s internal Values/Behaviors helps us to make things happen.

Every BioFables book weaves lessons derived from these interconnected (and often hidden) core disciplines into realistic stories that children relate to. Parents, you can use the free resources of this site to uncover those nearly-invisible lessons. They will help you prepare your children for  happy, productive, rewarding and well-balanced lives.

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Whoosh Resources

The ten chapters in Whoosh contain nearly a hundred practical mini-lessons and pop-up lessons woven throughout Whoosh. We call these practical lessons Knowledge Nuggets. These Knowledge Nuggets contain specific information that readers can apply to their everyday lives. They may be in the form of a mini-lesson, with simple explanations of a specific concept, or as a quick, unplanned pop-up lesson.

Four sets of tables and lists in the Whoosh Knowledge Gateways page help you to place a given Knowledge Nugget within the greater realm of learning.

    • Chapter-by-Chapter:     Sciences, Humanities, Values/Behaviors
    • Entire WhooshSciences topics
    • Entire Whoosh:   Humanities topics
    • Entire Whoosh:   Values/Behaviors topics

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