Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist
By Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. Picture Book.

The creators of Iggy Peck, Architect and  Rosie Revere, Engineer have collaborated again to create another great book. Ada Marie Twist is a scientist from the beginning. She doesn't speak until she is three years old, but when she does, she only asks questions. Endless questions. Anyone, who has spent time around children that age, knows they ask a lot of questions. Do we ever stop to think they are mini scientists? Ada loves to ask questions, experiment and ask more questions. She loves solving problems she finds. Throughout the book she discovers a strange smell and she stops at nothing to figure it out!

The text is written in rhyme and the story showcases children and their developmentally appropriate questions in a perfectly positive way. The author names Ada Marie after Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and the very first computer programmer and Marie Curie, who discovered the elements polonium and radium, which led to the invention of X-rays.

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