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Ada Twist, Scientist Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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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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A few things I love about it:
1) It seems as though Ada may possibly be autistic or have Asperger's. As the mom of a kid with autism, I really loved that Ada is a little bit different, and her parents have to adjust their parenting style and expectations to meet her needs. It's great for kids to see that sometimes parents have to make changes too.
2) I love the emphasis on a curious mind and asking lots of questions. I think a lot of times kids are discouraged from really asking lots of WHY because it annoys adults. Curiosity is what leads to great discoveries. I love Ada's innovation in creating tools to test her scientific hypotheses.
3) The style. Let's face it - these books are just oozing with style. I love that the Eames chair makes a cameo appearance here.
I hope Andrea Beaty writes lots more of these fantastic books.
I wanted to love it, was so excited to see it, ordered two copies to gift it, but was disappointed.
It is cute. The family adjusts to their child's wild interests. I shouldn't compare this title to the other two, but Iggy Peck gets to save his whole class from the madness of ill-fortune. Rosie's purpose is at least clearly available with the flying machine. Ada is just going around making a mess and asking interesting questions.
-she's seen as slow at the beginning given she doesn't speak for 3 years
-she is put in time out by her family as a result of her experiments
-her science at school is described as "young Ada's chaos wrecked havoc at school."
I appreciate the attempts at loving a kid with the talent and interest in STEM that each of the 3 books illustrate, but, sadly, the 3 stories are not equal.