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Ada Twist, Scientist Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Ada Marie Twist is an inquisitive African American second grader and a born scientist. She possesses a keen yet peculiar need to question everything she encounters, whether it be a tick-tocking clock, a pointy-stemmed rose, or the hairs in her dad's nose. Ada's parents and her teacher, Miss Greer, have their hands full as the child's science experiments wreak day-to-day havoc. On the first day of spring, the title character is tinkering outside her home when she notices an unpleasant odor. She sets out to discover what might have caused it. Beaty shows Ada using the scientific method in developing hypotheses in her smelly pursuit. The little girl demonstrates trial and error in her endeavors, while appreciating her family's full support. In one experiment, she douses fragrances on her cat and then attempts to place the feline in the washing machine. Her parents, startled by her actions, send her to the Thinking Chair, where she starts to reflect on the art of questioning by writing her thoughts on the wall—now the Great Thinking Hall. Ada shines on each page as a young scientist, like her cohorts in the author's charming series. The rhyming text playfully complements the cartoon illustrations, drawing readers into the narrative. VERDICT A winner for storytime reading and for young children interested in STEM activities. Pair with science nonfiction for an interesting elementary cross-curricular project.—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ
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The stories and illustrations are awesome, and I love how they encourage our kids to tap into who God made them to be as individuals. Ada Twist is my daughter’s favorite of them so far (we’re hoping there will be more to come), so it has me paying attention to her love for science and how we can encourage that along. It’s given me more insight into my own kid because I thought “Rosie Revere Engineer” would be her favorite. She loves Rosie, for sure, but Ada Twist ended up being her favorite.
My son likes “Iggy Peck Architect” the most, so it’s interesting to see what each of them are drawn to. I asked my son if he just preferred Iggy because he’s a guy (wondering if he could relate more to the guy than to the 2 girls), but he said it’s just a really funny book and he likes “all the architect stuff”. It’s always nice when a series of books comes along to give you more insight into the beautiful way God has made each of your kids as individuals, and shows you how you might encourage them along in who they’re wired to be. As a family, we’re hoping to see more and more books in this series to add to our home library.