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The Toy and the Test Drive by Gillian King-Cargile

Book Info

Grade Level
Elementary School
STEM Concepts
Solar Energy, Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy
Publisher
ISBN
978-0-87580-760-7

Written by Gillian King-Cargile and Illustrated by Kevin Krull

In the third ­installment in the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series, Bear hits the road in search of adventure with his new friend, Sonny the Solar Car. But will they have enough energy to climb the highest hill in the neighborhood and ­return to Jack’s house before the big race against Jack’s sister’s Sadie Scientist doll? This fast-paced storybook explores concepts of solar power and potential and kinetic energy aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and will help young readers understand the importance of believing in yourself. It concludes with an interview with a solar energy expert.

Videos

Interview with Kevin Krull

Kevin Krull, Illustrator of The Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series discusses how he got his inspiration for the vibrant illustrations.

Author Gillian King-Cargile Talks Tides

Author extraordinaire Gillian King-Cargile, author of the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure series, talks about the second book in the series, the Toy and the Tide Pool.

Activities

Hello, Sunshine –  Let’s Get Solar!

Learn about energy, fossil fuels, renewable energy sources, and how you can go green and make a difference.

Educators

Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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Hello, Sunshine

In this exploration activity, students observe the reaction to UV sensitive beads in the sunlight. Students conduct a simple experiment using various sunscreens and sunglasses to observe the change in the reactions of the UV beads. This is a fun way to walk students through the scientific method.

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Solar Power Designer K-2

Review the engineering design process and discuss prototypes for solar-powered inventions, then have students draw their own prototype for a solar-powered invention.

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Solar Power Designer 3-5

Review the engineering design process and discuss prototypes for solar-powered inventions, then have students draw their own prototype for a solar-powered invention.

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Learn S’more

In The Toy and the Test Drive, Bear, the bunny, went on an adventure with Sunny, the solar car. In this lesson, students will learn about solar energy and one unique way it can be utilized at home. They will design solar ovens and make s’mores using a pre-made solar oven. This lesson requires a bright sunny day.

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About the Author

Author Gillian King-Cargile is director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program (stemread.com), which introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction. She holds a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and lives with her husband and daughters in DeKalb, Illinois.

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About the Illustrator

Illustrator Kevin Krull holds a BFA in illustration from Northern Illinois University. His illustrations have appeared in Creative Quarterly and have been shown in the Chicago area. He loved to color when he was a kid, and obviously he never quite grew up—he lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he continues to draw and color all day long.

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