Annie Aardvark, Mathematician, by Suzie Olsen | Dedicated Review
Review sponsored by Suzie Olsen
The Children’s Book Review | May 9, 2017
Written by Suzie Olsen
Illustrated by Davina “Viv” Kinney
Age Range: 3+
Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: STEAM Publishing, LLC (January 19, 2017)
What to expect: STEM, Counting, Nature
Annie Aardvark loves math. Counting, adding, subtracting . . . it doesn’t matter because she loves it all. Readers get to join her on a foraging excursion and count everything that she finds. The goal: to count up to ten. Will she get there?
Using only her nose to sniff out some of her favorite things, she finds an aardvark cucumber, rocks, sticks, berries, flowers, and more. Using her tongue, she counts the found items:
Beetles: “One! Two! Three!
Then, after counting each item, she makes a sound:
Termites: “One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six!” Smack! Smack! Smack! Smack! Smack! Smack!
She then moves on to find the next thing and keeps going until she finds ten of the same item.
The author, Suzie Olsen, is a systems engineer who currently works on the search and rescue system for the US Coast Guard. With a passion for encouraging students—especially girls and minorities—to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, she taps into the hearts and minds of the youngest readers by providing this simple counting story written in a systematic style. The character she created, Annie Aardvark, is approachable and likable and children will surely want to count along with her. Annie Aardvark is named after Annie Easley, a fellow mathematician, computer programmer, and rocket scientist. The author’s note at the end of the story provides a brief summary of Annie Easley’s background and accomplishments that will be of interest to children in pre-k or higher, as well as adults reading the book with kids.
With full-color digital illustrations and large font, preschool-aged children will readily engage with this math/STEM primer.
About Suzie Olsen
Suzie Olsen is a systems engineer in Phoenix, AZ. She currently works on the search and rescue system for the US Coast Guard. Her passion is to encourage students, especially girls and minorities, to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She lives with her husband and son, reading book after book to her son. www.suzieolsen.com
About Davina “Viv” Kinney
Davina, “Viv,” Kinney is an artist and illustrator. She has illustrated over a dozen books, including the “Lonnie the Loon” series. Viv also created the online comic series, The End, which has more than 1,000 followers.
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