Full Title: Ada Twist, Scientist Author: Andrea Beaty Year: 2016 Genre: Children, Discovery Publisher: Abrams Books For Young Readers
ISBN 978-1-4197-2137-3 View It On Amazon
A children’s book, Ada Twist, Scientist tells the story of its titular character,
Ada, who embodies the character traits of a scientist. The text is written in rhyming format. Like
most young children, Ada is a pure scientist — she observes the world without bias or
preconception and draws conclusions based purely on the results of these observations and numerous
experiments. Unlike most children, Ada’s parents continued to indulge her questions and quest
for discovery, long after most parents would have put a stop to it.
“And that’s what they did — because that’s what you do
when your kid has a passion and heart that is true.
They remade their world — now they’re all in the act
of helping young Ada sort fiction from fact.”
What I Liked Least About It
There is little to dislike about this book. Perhaps my only complaint is that some of the
rhymes seemed forced — something that wouldn’t have been necessary if it was
written as prose.
What I Liked Most About It
I like that it encourages children to continue discovery — asking the basic questions about
everything instead of accepting pat answers. I’ve know too many adults who are
content with “that’s just the way it is” and it saddens me. Children are
naturally scientists — following a pure scientific method without ever having heard of it
— and too many get their curiosity blunted before adulthood.
I also like that Ada is a person of color — her entire family is depicted as black, and that
her classroom in school is diverse. Representation matters, and my children immediately recognized
this upon opening the book — because the vast majority of children’s books in the U.S.
depict white people.
I won’t often review children’s books — because my kids have hundreds of them
— but this one stood out in the crowd as a special one, a new leap forward in what we can
read to our children.