A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduces science-related vocabulary and learning how to navigate group dynamics.
Be unapologetically yourself. Don't hold a grudge. Share your talents with those who appreciate them.
Positive Role Models
Fern models a great approach to sticking up for herself and getting the respect she deserves. Also models a girl being skilled at fixing things.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nerdycorn, by Andrew Root, is a celebration of individuality and staying true to yourself while sharing your valuable talents with others even when those talents aren't the same as the rest of the group's. Fern's work is both imaginative and practical: She arc welds, fixes bikes, uses a 3D printer, and always wants to use her skills to help her friends.
Is It Any Good?
These brightly colored pages hold a strong message about being yourself and paying attention to what really matters, and bolster that with a challenging vocabulary to craft a great read-aloud story. Nerdycorn takes what could be a difficult feeling -- the other unicorns making fun of Fern and leaving her out of their fun -- and turns it into a moment of power for Fern. She discovers what's important to her and how much she wants to be herself, and the others see just how much her individuality has to offer.
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