Zoey and Sassafras:
In the first book, Zoey learns a secret about her mom - she can see magical animals and heal them! When her mom goes away on a business trip. Zoey and her cat Sassafras step up to solve problems to help a baby dragon survive.
There are seven more books in this series.
This book makes lots of reference to science processes like safety, recording data in journals, and changing one variable at a time in an experiment, and because it is woven pretty naturally into a story with fantasy elements, this information doesn't become dry. Except for the magical creature's presence, the genre is really focused on realistic fiction elements.
The story is pretty simple, with just one main problem, and most pages include illustrations. Zoey doesn't get everything right the first time, but she keeps trying different ideas, making her a good role model. This would be a great read-aloud book before designing experiments in class, but it will also likely be an enjoyable independent reading selection.
" Hypothesis: I think he will eat worms. (Sorry, worms.)"
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