Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet (CitizenKid) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-31 
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"I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Iqbal and his family live in Bangladesh. When it is Monsoon season, his mother must cook over a fire indoors. This produces a lot of smoke, which is making his Amma and his baby sister sick. Iqbal wants to do something to help...but what? A clean, gas burning stove is too expensive. Luckily, a school science fair (with a cash reward) is the perfect opportunity to find a solution.
Iqbal and his Ingenious Idea introduces readers to a problem face by many around the world, but one which they probably aren't familar with. Iqbal and his sister work hard on their science project and come up with a simple but effective solution. I loved the illustrations, they were bright and full of detail. At the back of the book there are step-by-step instructions for making your own solar oven, as well as information about the benefits of using a solar oven.
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" Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley. " said.

" In Bangladesh, when Iqbal learns that his school's upcoming science fair has the theme of sustainability, he designs a stove powered by solar energy that doesn't produce smoke. The Citizen Kid series. " said.

" When Iqbal learns of the upcoming Science Fair he is determined not only to win but also to build something that will help his family. During monsoon season Iqbal’s mother must cook indoors causing the smoke from the fire to make his family sick. From a broken umbrella he creates a solar cook stove. Young scientist age’s eight to 12 will enjoy learning how to make one themselves. " said.

" Iqbal needs and idea for his science fair project. After watching is mother cook over a stove inside and inhale its fumes, he decides to create a solar stove and use the funds from winning to buy a propane stove for monsoon months. The end notes include information on how to create your own solar stove.An inspiring story about how a school assignment changes a family’s life. " said.

"I always love Kids Can Press books, including this one.
Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea has beautiful illustration that I really admire. Besides, the story makes my heart warm. About Iqbal who participates in science fair in order to win the prize to buy his mother a gas stove, because his mother becomes sick due to smoke. In the back of the book. there's a DIY to make stove that we can try inspired by Iqbal's project.
However, there is one question that lingers in my mind... Why does Iqbal and his family use the gas stove instead of using the stove he created? The stove he created doesn't produce smoke, rite? Hmmm
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"It's raining? Take the umbrella.
It's sunny? Take the umbrella, too!
Nonsense? Not for Iqbal and his sister Sadia; it makes perfect sense, because they have to solve a problem concerning mom and little sister; and they have to win their district's science fair.

Accompanied by beautiful, full-page illustrations, "Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea" is an interesting and clever story. It shows the living conditions in many parts of the world, and how even simple inventions can make a great difference. And it let understand that a vigilant mind and an attentive brain can improve the conditions of the people and the environment.
Read this story with your children. And let them invent something!
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"Many students in the United States have participated in a science fair, but how many of them choose a project that will actually impact their own lives? In this story set in Bangladesh, Iqbal decides to create a smokeless stove so that his mother and younger sibling will not have to breathe in smoke from the cook fire all day during the monsoon season. With the help of his teacher, he finds some article online about various options for his stove, then takes them home and builds a solar cooker with his sister's assistance.

The story offers many options for discussion. There are science topics like health concerns, sustainability, and recycling. The story also mentions cultural aspects of life in Bangladesh such as Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, and foods like semai, as well as the customs of women doing the cooking and gathering the firewood. And there are guidance topics such as concern for others and the environment, problem-solving, and cooperation. Whether a class was studying green energy sources, other cultures, or character education, this book could be used as a great read-aloud.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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