Beaty, Andrea – Ada Twist, Scientist

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  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Lexile Measure: 550
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419721372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419721373

 

EXCERPT from Kirkus Reviews:

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes.

Rationale for Inclusion: Ada Twist is a scientist in the purist sense. She asks questions like who, where, what and why, comes up with hypotheses and when those don’t work out, she comes up with new ones. She never gets too defeated to try again, which is in the heart of every scientist. Ada’s colorful world is peopled by her mother and father and brother who find her perplexing but interesting, and support her aspirations and her quirks. Ada is a strong female character of color which adds a special quality of diversity into a children’s collection. The movement toward more STEM education in classrooms and children’s rooms seeks to see more books like this in the kids room at public libraries.

Ada Twist read aloud by Let’s Read Stories:

 

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