Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons & Marshmallows

Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons & Marshmallows
Written by Asia Citro, Illustrated by Marion Lindsay

Publisher’s Summary:
In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?

Primary Source Pairing:
The Zoey and Sassafras series is a wonderful introduction to the scientific method. As the story unfolds, Zoey begins her magical scientific journey with her thinking goggles and science journal as she works to figure out what the sick dragon will want to eat. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study a photograph of the famous scientist Jane Goodall with her science journal as she observed chimpanzees in the wild.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What’s happening in the image?
  • After studying this photograph, make a connection to the story Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons & Marshmallows.

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Jane Goodall Photograph: Nerdist.com

Additional Resources:
Jane Goodall Special Collection: National Geographic
Printable Resources (many are free!) available on Zoey and Sassafras website: https://www.zoeyandsassafras.com/printables/
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World: Amazon