Ada Twist, Scientist (Questioneers)

by Andrea Beaty (Author) David Roberts (Illustrator)

Ada Twist, Scientist (Questioneers)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Questioneers
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller

Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking "Why?"

Ada Twist's head is full of questions. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie--stars of their own New York Times bestselling picture books Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer--Ada has always been endlessly curious. Even when her fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments don't go as planned, Ada learns the value of thinking her way through problems and continuing to stay curious.

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Publishers Weekly

Beaty and Roberts return to the classroom featured in Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer as they introduce an insatiably curious girl named Ada Marie, who comes from an African-American family so stylish that its time-out chair is an Eames. As Ada attempts to determine the source of a noxious smell, Beaty's bouncy rhymes emphasize the qualities that make for a great scientist: "She asked a small question, and then she asked two./ And each of those led to three questions more, / and some of those questions resulted in four." Scientific research can be messy and thorny (and smelly), Beaty and Roberts suggest, but it's well worth the effort. Ages 5-7. Author's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Illustrator's agent: Artist Partners. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Ada Marie Twist is an inquisitive African American second grader and a born scientist. She possesses a keen yet peculiar need to question everything she encounters, whether it be a tick-tocking clock, a pointy-stemmed rose, or the hairs in her dad's nose. Ada's parents and her teacher, Miss Greer, have their hands full as the child's science experiments wreak day-to-day havoc. On the first day of spring, the title character is tinkering outside her home when she notices an unpleasant odor. She sets out to discover what might have caused it. Beaty shows Ada using the scientific method in developing hypotheses in her smelly pursuit. The little girl demonstrates trial and error in her endeavors, while appreciating her family's full support. In one experiment, she douses fragrances on her cat and then attempts to place the feline in the washing machine. Her parents, startled by her actions, send her to the Thinking Chair, where she starts to reflect on the art of questioning by writing her thoughts on the wall--now the Great Thinking Hall. Ada shines on each page as a young scientist, like her cohorts in the author's charming series. The rhyming text playfully complements the cartoon illustrations, drawing readers into the narrative. VERDICT A winner for storytime reading and for young children interested in STEM activities. Pair with science nonfiction for an interesting elementary cross-curricular project.--Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ

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Review quotes

"Beaty delightfully advocates for girls in science in her now-trademark crisply rhyming text."—Kirkus
Andrea Beaty
Andrea Beaty es la autora de Rosa Pionera, ingeniera; Ada Magnífica, científica; y Pedro Perfecto, arquitecto; así como de las novelas Dorko the Magnificent (Dorko el magnífico) y Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies (El ataque de los conejitos esponjosos). Estudió biología y ciencias de la computación, y pasó muchos años trabajando en la industria informática. Ahora escribe libros para niños en su casa de las afueras de Chicago.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781419721373
Lexile Measure
550L
Guided Reading Level
M
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
September 20, 2016
Series
Questioneers
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV036000 - Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Scientists
Experiments
Science
Curiosity
Perseverance (Ethics)

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