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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books

Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, ScienAda Twisttist

by Andrea Beaty; illus. by David Roberts

32 pages; ages 5-7

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016

Ada Marie is curious about everything, and explores ways to answer her questions – which is exactly what scientists do. She does some research, comes up with a hypothesis, then conducts tests. Some are successful. Some land her in the “thinking chair”. How do you know that you can’t get an odor off the cat by drying it until you’ve tested it in the dryer?

What I like about this book: I love her name, inspired by two great women in science: Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. I love that her first word was “why?” and that she tries things and fails – the sure mark of a curious scientist. And I really love the questions she comes up with. When she smells a horrible stench she asks, “How does a nose know there’s something to smell?” I love that her parents support her quest of sorting fiction from fact, and their solution to writing on the walls.

The illustrations are fun, from the cover art to the end pages (graph paper, of course) to the fails and flops and explosions Ada Marie generates.

Head over to Sally’s Bookshelf for some hands-on Ada Twist science fun.

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Author: Sue Heavenrich

I write about science and environmental issues for children and their families.

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