How to Make a Flying Carpet (Alex, the Inventor) by Lois Wickstrom

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How to Make a Flying Carpet (Alex, the Inventor) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 27
Cover Designer – Janet King

The refrigerator magnet broke. Alex never lets anything go to waste. What can she do with it?

Follow Alex as she enters a world of imagination where she learns science fundamentals. Imagination creates experiments. Experiments create ideas. Ideas create inventions. Magnets can stick together. Magnets can push apart. Can Alex use these magnets to build a flying carpet? She’ll need to do many experiments and make changes when things don’t work. She keeps trying.

Learn about magnets along with Alex.


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Lois Wickstrom lives in a world where imaginary playmates are real. She doesn’t remember being born, so she finds unbirthdays are more exciting than the official once-a-year date on the calendar. She’s taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales.

She writes by herself. She writes with co-authors. She asks illustrators what they would like to draw. If she ever writes her autobiography, the title will be My Life as a Group Project.

Her mother used to get angry with her for daydreaming. Her little sister picked on her. So she lived in books and wrote her own stories in which the bad-guys made sense, and the good-guys had a chance. As she has grown older, her imagination has grown weirder. Even she doesn’t know what she will write next.

Lois is a former science teacher. She has written a series of science-based folktales, and turned some of them into plays. In each modernized tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending because of learning scientific principles. Lois likes to garden, ride her bike with her husband, cook, and she votes in every election.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom



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