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What Floats in a Moat?

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what floats in a moat


Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen have several barrels of buttermilk to deliver to the Queen. But in order to get them to her, he needs to cross the moat.

“He measure and mapped. He doodled and drew… ‘To cross the moat,’ pronounced the goat, ‘we build a contraption to float!’

“‘Or,’ said Skinny the Hen, ‘we could just take the drawbridge.’

“‘Bah,’ said Archie, ‘drawbridge, straw-bridge. This is no time for a drawbridge. This is a time for science!’”

Can Archie and Skinny figure out a contraption to float their buttermilk across the moat?

teachingbooks-bookabout the author

lynne berry


While growing up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Lynne Berry’s earliest memory of writing is keeping a journal of a weekend trip to Florida when she was in first grade. She visited her aunt and uncle, ate lots of sugary cereal (which her parents never bought), and collected seashells. The entire record is about three pages long–it was an enormous writing project at the time!

Lynne did not study writing in college. Instead she earned a degree in biology from Wellesley College and a PhD in cell biology from Vanderbilt University.

Her first publications were children’s poems in Ladybug magazine. Now she’s published several children’s books, including The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat, What Floats in a Moat? and Duck Tents

Lynne lives in Nashville, Tennessee, on a small farm with her husband. They have goats, chickens, ducks, dogs, and a grumpy pot-bellied pig named Sir Francis Bacon. See what her animals think of her books here.


Author biography: Berry College
Author biography: Amazon
Author interview: Macmillan
Author interview: BookPage

Also by Lynne Berry:
Pig and Pug. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Children. 2015.
Squid Kid the Magnificent. Disney-Hyperion. 2015.
Duck Tents. Henry Holt. 2009.
The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat. Simon & Schuster. 2006.

teachingbooks-authorabout the illustrator

matthew cordell

Born to a long line of auto mechanics and car lovers, Matthew Cordell naturally was interested in skateboarding and something called “Art.” Naturally.

Matthew’s earliest memory is of the time his older brother’s first grade teacher, Ms. Sanders, got a hold of one of his drawings—George Washington on a horse. Ms. Sanders was really impressed by the drawing, and the satisfaction of that feeling has never left Michael.

After all his schooling was over and done, Matthew felt that his home state of South Carolina didn’t have the opportunities he would need in order to make it as an artist. So he moved up to the big city of Chicago and lived with three friends. It was the best decision he has ever made.

He met his wife, author Julie Halpern, in Chicago, who introduced him to the world of children’s book illustrations. Now he and Julie live in the Chicagoland suburbs, with their daughter and son.

Illustrator website
Illustrator interview : Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Illustrator interview: Number Five Bus

Also by Matthew Cordell:
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold. Roaring Brook Press. November 2015.
First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick. Clarion. 2015.
Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead. Roaring Brook Press. 2015.
Rooting for You by Susan Hood. Hyperion Press. 2014.
Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2013.
Ollie and Claire by Tiffany Strelitz Haber. Philomel. 2013.
Bat and Rat by Patrick Jennings. Abrams Books for Young Readers. 2012.
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It : False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine. Harper Collins. 2012.
If You Were a Chocolate Mustache by J. Patrick Lewis. Wordson. 2012.

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