Ada Twist, Scientist

 
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Harry N. Abrams 2016
Curriculum
Science Curriculum

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"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. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada 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. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites.  The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams."

32 pages     978-1419721373         Ages 5-8

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Meet three-year-old Ada, an agile, curious African American girl with a curiosity that starts in the morning and runs all day long.  As Ada grew up her questions grew right along with her.  Turns out Ada "had all the traits of a great scientist."

Ada wants to know how things work whether it's a clock or a rose.  She comes up with all kinds of experiments to do to answer her questions and they don't always turn out right.  One spring day she is outside when an awful smell wafts by.  Ada decides to find out what the smell is and she uses her scientific method to track it down.

All the scientific processes come alive in her brain whether it's trial and error or creating hypotheses or using scientific method. She's a natural scientist.

Children whose brains naturally notice the world around them and ask questions will feel right at home with the vibrant and delightful Ada.  Those who haven't learned to wonder or who may have not been encouraged to ask will get a lesson in looking a little closer and allowing themselves the freedom to let their own questions bubble through.

Told in verse this is a wise lesson about finding your own love of learning, no matter your color, your age, your gender,  This is also a great welcome into the amazing potential of the realm of science where curiosity wins the ultimate prize.

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