Little Red, the Detective (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom
Little Red is Learning to be a Detective. And Grannie is Teaching her to Identify Plants.
Grannie asks Little Red to bring her some cone flowers to make delicious tea. While Little Red is walking through the woods to Grannie’s house, she meets a wolf who gives her a bunch of cone-shaped purple flowers. She thanks the wolf and then gets out her plant identification book. While she is comparing the flowers to the pictures in her book, the wolf trots along down the path.
When Little Red arrives at Grannie’s house, she senses things aren’t right. Little Red must use her new detective skills to determine if Grannie is who she says she is. She already knows the flowers the wolf gave her weren’t cone flowers.
Red comes up with a plan to help save the day – all with a little help from science.
~ AMAZON ~
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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.
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