Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery

STEAM School Squad

Children - Educational
47 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2024
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Reviewed by Laura Imaz for Readers' Favorite

Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery (STEAM School Squad) by Sallana Brown narrates the story of Sarah's mission to learn the secrets of DNA. Sarah, a true science whiz, is always excited to learn new things, and when the opportunity to learn more about DNA arrives, she seizes it. This curious girl, accompanied by her teacher, friends, and mother, will discover all about DNA's components and structure, how cells work, and even the fascinating realm of genetics. Along her journey, she will meet an unknown family member with whom she will instantly connect. Are you prepared to accompany Sarah and her crew on this interesting quest?

Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery (STEAM School Squad) teaches you everything you need to know about DNA and how exciting science can be. I appreciated the story's clear explanation of complicated scientific concepts. Science is generally not the most popular subject because of its difficulty, but when combined with Sarah's excitement for the subject, how could you not fall in love with it? Sallana Brown's easy writing style and engaging characters inspire people to discover more about genetics. Beatriz Gouveia flawlessly reflects the book's cheery atmosphere with a set of brilliant images that easily attract your attention. I particularly liked how the practical application of genetics is demonstrated, as it motivates people to look for it in everyday situations. As a scientist, I adored the portrayal this book provides to any young explorer confused about which path to choose. I wish I'd had this type of book to relate to back then. I couldn't think of a better book to add to any curious child's library; they won't be disappointed.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Do you like science? Sarah does. She’s fascinated with everything she learns in science class. In Sallana Brown’s Sarah’s Gene-ius Discovery, Sarah is captivated by the newest science lesson. It’s all about genes and DNA and discovering who you’re related to. The teacher hands out DNA testing kits to take home. The students are encouraged to discuss with their parents before taking the test. Sarah really wants to do the test and her mom is just as enthusiastic. What they learn is amazing! In fact, Sarah discovers a cousin living not too far away who is a scientist specializing in gene research! What could be more amazing than that?

Sallana Brown’s picture book, Sarah’s Gene-ius Discovery, is a STEAM School Squad story. The book intends to introduce young readers to gene research and DNA. The concept is expertly woven into an engaging story about Sarah’s fascination with everything scientific. The language is simple, and the scientific terms are introduced with clarity and precision. There is a thorough glossary at the end to help with the more difficult words. The illustrations by Beatriz Gouveia are bright, bold, and colorful and not only help move the story along but also provide illustrations of the concepts being presented. Learning really is an adventure and Sarah is determined to follow the adventure to its completion. Science is all about discovery and the process that leads you to greater heights. In the process, Sarah learns more about her family and nurtures more friendships. This is an engaging, entertaining, and educational read.

Pikasho Deka

Sallana Brown brings science aficionados a fun-filled picture book to engage in with Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery. Sarah is a young girl who loves anything to do with science. She wants to learn something new about the world every day. Today, in science class, Sarah and her friends are learning about DNA. Mr. Bowman reveals that DNA is like an instruction manual for our bodies, showing us how to make cells, which, in turn, decide factors like our eye color or how tall we can get. Mr. Bowman gives students DNA test kits to take home, and using one with some help from her mom, Sarah discovers that a famous geneticist named Lacy London happens to be her second cousin. After Sarah and Dr. London connect over the phone, Dr. London visits Sarah's class and explains DNA in-depth.

Unlock the hidden world of DNA to discover the secrets of your defining features with Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery. Light-hearted and informative in equal measure, Sallana Brown's fascinating picture book entertains from start to finish while providing some valuable facts about human DNA that show its importance in making us who we are. The sprinkling of humor and witty dialogue make this story such a joy to read. Sarah is a curious child with an affinity for science that is infectious. Her interest in science is bound to inspire and light the spark of curiosity in young readers about science and the various ways it influences our lives. Beatriz Gouveia's illustrations are the icing on the cake, making the read even more enjoyable. Overall, this is an educational book that also entertains. Young readers shouldn't miss out on this one!