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Friday, July 28, 2017

Ada Twist, Scientist. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. $20.95 ages 5 and up

"Her parents yelled,
(as all parents would).

Ada's chin quivered,
but she did not cry.
She took a deep breath
and she simply asked,


Beware the child who does not speak until her third birthday! She is likely keeping a keen eye on the world around her, and formulating all sorts of questions meant to satisfy her curious nature. Why? What? How? When? Why?

Ada Marie is that girl! She watches and wonders through those three years, and is now ready to have her many questions answered. Her parents do their best to satisfy their inquisitive little one, learning as they go. Her questions get bigger; her wonder at the world leads her to experimenting at every turn; her excitement over new discoveries even wreaks occasional havoc in school. Ada is a scientist of the first order. It is no surprise for a girl named after Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace!

"How does a nose know there's something to smell?"
"And does it still stink if there's no nose to tell?"
She rattled off questions and tapped on her chin.
She'd start at the start where she ought to begin.
A mystery! A riddle! A puzzle! A quest!
That was the moment that Ada loved best."

Even the Thinking Chair, after a failed experiment with the family's cat, does not stop her search for the answers to her many questions. A family decision to fully encourage their 'young scientist' leads to much reading on everyone's part. Perhaps together they can find the answers to SOME of her questions. The rest they will leave to Ada.

The lively, rhyming text advocates for young women who love science, and honors their need to ask the big questions. David Roberts uses watercolors and pen and ink to create fun-filled and detailed images of an inquisitive and charming girl whose passion for learning is endless and consuming. Kids will love seeing the chaos created as she seeks answers through much experimentation.

Let the conversations begin!

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