Book Review of Ada Twist, Scientist
Written by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.  It is a delightful children’s book that walks through the life of a family, who have the challenges of raising an extremely bright child, whose behavioral pattern does not fit the norm of a typical child her age.  The conventional time-out chair in this book is even renamed the “thinking chair”, where little Ada ends up sitting often, when issues of ethics comes up in her scientific investigations and experiments around the home.  The readers see the eventual accommodation of the family to little Ada’s scientific passion and interests, as she also helps to expand their world — into the physical sciences.  Here’s a note from the author on how Ada Marie Twist character was inspired and created:

“Women have been scientists for as long as there has been science.  They’ve asked questions and looked for answers to the secrets of the universe.  Of soil and stars.  Stalactites and seahorses.  Glaciers and gravity.  Brains and black holes.  Of everything.
Ada Marie Twist is named for two of the many women whose curiosity and passion led them to make great discoveries.  Marie Curie discovered the elements polonium and radium, and her work led to the invention of X-rays.  Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and the very first computer programmer.”

It is a fun and inspiring book for all ages.  A highly recommended book for little scientists in the making.



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