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“Varun’s Quest is a wonderful book, a combination of fantasy and science, with real episodes by a real scientist—altogether a 21st century book for the young.”
—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.
“Said one young reader of this book, ‘It’s a pretend story about real stuff.’ Goldsmith weaves a young boy’s adventures with an Elf with clear but age-appropriate science to present an engaging tale about ‘real stuff ’ that will both educate and stimulate.”
—Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, National Center for Science Education
“A lovely story that introduces children to nature, and to all that can be learned about it with an inquiring mind.”
—Carl Zimmer, popular science writer, blogger of The Loom, and author of Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and other books.
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Reviews for Varun's Quest
"This remarkable account of a child's exploration of science and nature should be read by anyone thinking about reforming education."
—Donald Kennedy, President Emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus, Stanford University.
"As parents and teachers search for ways to implement the Common Core State Standards for the English language arts, they will discover that Varun's Quest is a wonderful example of a fictional story that provides a science narrative in a well-written, brightly illustrated, and meaningful context for children."
—Rodger Bybee, Science Educator and Consultant, Executive Director Emeritus, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.