Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book. Affiliate links are included.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Asha brings science and South Asian American language (Hindi/Urdu) to your house! Can you help Asha and her friends discover all the unique animals who live there? In this meadow, animal parents are teaching their babies new things, but animals aren’t the only ones learning! Asha and her friends discover just how amazing their animal friends are. They learn fun facts like the difference between reptiles and amphibians, what to call an animal without a spine, and what an exoskeleton is. Also, keep reading and you will find out what animal class Asha thinks is the best of them all!
- SCIENCE IS FUN FOR KIDS: Children are curious about the world around them. Feed their curiosity.
- GIRLS IN STEM: Women are underrepresented inSTEM fields. A female lead like Asha shows kids that STEM is fun for everyone.
- SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURE: Asha was born and raised in America. Having a South Asian American lead character normalizes the idea that South Asian Americans are Americans, too. Learn words in Urdu/Hindi, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.” -Amazon
MEET THE AUTHOR
“I am so excited to be able to share Asha Loves Science with you and your family. The idea first came to me when I was looking for South Asian American characters for my own daughters to relate to. They love learning Spanish and Chinese from the cartoons she sees on TV. However, she didn’t have a character to relate to that taught her words and concepts from her own culture. This also meant that she would grow up without a simple way to share her culture with her peers.
I also wanted to impart my love for science to my daughters. Always curious and willing to learn, my daughters are building foundations that will help them understand complex scientific concepts in the future. I think it is never too early to be curious about or in love with science!
Having a mathematician for a mother, I have always had a strong role model that encouraged me to explore my love for math and science. As a child, I never even realized that there were disproportionately fewer women in these fields. Asha is an enthusiastic, lovable, and positive role model for girls. I don’t want any child to have an association between gender and science. Learning is a gender neutral activity!” – Dr. Najla Ahmad
Dr. Najla Ahmad, author of Asha Loves Science: Over in the Meadow
When I was a child, I loved listening to the original Over in the Meadow poem. My kindergarten teacher had a felt story board set for the poem and I remember feeling giddy whenever she brought it out. So when I was asked to do this book review, I felt some of that silly giddiness again. (Is there a book from your childhood that makes you feel that way too?)
Prior to this book review I had never heard of Asha Loves Science, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But. . . I was pleased with what I discovered. In this version of Over in the Meadow, we learn the names of the animals in Urdu (the national language of Pakistan and 22 states in India). The rhyme and rhythm of this poem is the same as in the original version, making it a fun and child-friendly way to learn new vocabulary!
The second part of this book is all about animals. So. . . in the first part of the book Asha introduces the names of different animals in Urdu and in the second part she introduces us to classifications of animals (vertebrates, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and fish) and explains what metamorphosis is.
What I really like about Asha Loves Science: Over in the Meadow is that you have all of the basic components for a science lesson you can you in the classroom:
- Focus lesson: Types of Animals
- Read Aloud: Asha Loves Science: Over in the Meadow
- Discussion: What of animals did you see in the story? What are their names in English? What are their names in Urdu? What are the different types of animals? What are mammals? Reptiles? Vertebrates? Etc.
- Enrichment: Watch Asha Loves Science on Youtube.
To learn more about Asha Loves Science, please visit the Asha Loves Science website. You can also see more Asha Loves Science videos on YouTube.