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Series combines literacy, science

For fans of the Magic School Bus, it would seem nothing else has been produced that can capture the imagination of school-age children while teaching science along the way.

Welcome to the Adventures of Monty Horton, a children’s series developed by a professor of teacher education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster. Dr. Mary Ashun developed the series to help teachers tie in literacy with science, as well as give children, especially boys, a funny story to read.

Dr. Ashun gave a few of her former students a chance to co-write one of her novels, including Julia Woodward. The result is The Adventures of Monty Horton: A Sweet Adventure.

Monty Horton is a precocious Grade 5 boy, the one who drives teachers up the wall and yet is loving and gracious. He is imaginative, and this often lands him in scrapes. Luckily for his fans, the scrapes lead to adventures where the superhero ends up learning life lessons from.

In the Space Adventure, readers will travel into space with Monty as he gets stowed away on the first Canadian Space Shuttle. In the Poolside Adventure, he has an embarrassing experience in grandma’s pool, with two cookie-selling Girl Guides watching, but he ends up learning about Archimedes and buoyancy.

In A Space Adventure, Monty goes back in time and meets the Canadian scientists who discovered insulin.

Children will come away with the knowledge of scientific discoveries, their concomitant discoverers and have an enjoyable time with Monty and his friends. An interactive website, www.montyhorton.com , allows children to explore other science links, while supporting teachers and parents with resource idea.

Dr. Ashun and Julia Woodward will be in attendance at the Ancaster Chapters on Nov. 20 to excite children about science by doing interactive experiments in the kids’ department, as well as share ideas about upcoming books.

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