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REVIEW: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

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Title: Ada Twist, Scientist

Author: Andrea Beaty

Illustrator: David Roberts

Published: September 6, 2016

Theme:  Curiosity, Perseverance, and Science

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32

Ages: 5-7 | Book Level: 3.4 | Lexile Measure: 550LL

Synopsis: 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.

My thoughts…

I had heard many good things about this book and let me tell you they were not an overstatement. This book is pretty amazing. I loved that Ada was full of curiosity and questions. Parents I know you remember when your little one went through the massive question asking faze? Why is this? What is that? How do you do this or that? Who is that? and so on. So many questions and so few answers. At least that how it was in my house full of boys.

Roberts’ illustrations were enjoyable and homogeneous with the text. The meter of the verse was harmonic. This book takes you on a journey of exploration as Ada uses the scientific method (of sorts) to solve a question. It is most enjoyable that the main character is a girl and she has big ideas and sizeable curiosity for the world around her. With a little curiosity, perseverance, and planning, girls can take the world by storm—one idea at a time.

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REVIEW: Cece Love Science by Kimberly Derting & Shelli R. Johannes


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Title: Cece Loves Science

Author: Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes

Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

Published: June 18, 2018

Theme:  Science and Experimenting

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 3.5 | Lexile Measure: 540L

Synopsis: Cece, a budding and inquisitive scientist, and her equally curious best friend, Isaac, conduct experiments to see whether Cece’s dog, Einstein, will eat his vegetables.

My thoughts…

What a great book for kids interested in science or those that ask lots of questions. The main character is from a mixed family which is really cool to see in a picture book. The books works through the steps of the scientific method. I love the science project worksheet that follows the project step by step. This isn’t the drab science that we read about in textbooks. The authors demonstrate how the collaboration of boys and girls in the sciences can solve some interesting questions.

It is impressive that the illustrations were done in Photoshop. Harrison’s illustrations were fun and colorful. They seemed to melt into the pages. This book is definitely a keeper and a real asset to science teachers in elementary school. It could be used as an introduction to the scientific method. The text breaks down the steps simply and in a manner that could be appreciated by a child. The experiment is fun and could get the students’ creative juices flowing. Derting and Johannes make science fun again.

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