THE PRINCESS AND THE PETRI DISH by Sue Fliess

THE PRINCESS AND THE PETRI DISH

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

After numerous setbacks, Princess Pippa achieves her dream of becoming a groundbreaking scientist and inventor.

Even though she lives in a castle, Princess Pippa is not interested in becoming just another curtsying royal. Instead, she spends hours in her laboratory, dreaming of making discoveries that will win her prizes. Lofty ambitions notwithstanding, the majority of Pippa’s chemical forays have been disastrous: In the past, she’s invented brittle bubble gum, soap that turns fingers blue, and bad-smelling mouthwash. Finally, one night at dinner, inspiration strikes. After much experimentation—using a pea, a cocoa bean, and the titular petri dish—Pippa creates peas that tastes like chocolate, so tasty that everyone in the entire kingdom takes to sprinkling them on all of their food at every meal. But just when Pippa is about to celebrate, the pea vines grow faster and faster, spreading beyond the castle walls. Pippa’s scientific prowess is put to the test one more time, when she must invent something to slow down the plants’ growth—and still preserve the delicious peas the kingdom has come to love. Fleiss’ lilting, rhyming abcb verse is a delight to read, and Pippa’s quirky perseverance stands as an endearing example for young budding scientists of all genders. Bouloubasis’ fantastical illustrations are vibrant with movement, color, and detail, but few characters in this kingdom are diverse. The royal family is white.

A silly, inspiring story of a princess who makes her scientific dreams come true. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-8075-6644-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2020




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