I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
— Albert Einstein,
Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is about a young, interesting and inquisitive girl named Ada. Ada didn’t talk until she was three and her first word was “Why?” Once she began talking, she couldn’t stop asking questions and trying to understand the world around her. What made Ada different? She wanted to know how everything worked like a scientist! As she grew older, her questions became even more complex and her parents couldn’t keep up with her. When she began school, Ada yearned to learn more information and engaged in various science experiments without the teachers permission, which caused chaos in school and difficulties with her parents at home.
One morning, she smelled a terrible stench and was inquisitive about where the smell was coming from. She wanted to solve his puzzle which became a quest for her. She did research to learn all she could about various smells but found herself in trouble again with her parents after making a big mess and disturbing her pet cat. Finally, her parents put her in a time out. What would Ada do during her time out? As her mind wondered, she continued to hypothesize about the mystery of the smell which led to her sketching various drawings on the wall. When her parents came into the room, they were stunned. Instead of reprimanding her for drawing on the wall, they decide to embrace her individuality and appreciate her passion to be a young scientist.
I loved Ada Twist, Scientist because it’s not only empowering for young children who are curious and passionate, it’s also an excellent book to teach young girls that they be anything they want to be. I also enjoyed this book because of the parents perspective to embrace Ada’s passion for science and her “out of box” personality. As parents, we need to embrace the individuality of our children and celebrate the uniqueness and differences. I believe that every child has their own path, where they are “in the box” or “not in the box”. I also believe in being passionate and curious about topics that are of interest to a child. Whether this is science, cooking or working with animals, a career without passion can feel like an empty opportunity. I feel that it not how smart we are that determines success, it is how passionate and motivated we are to succeed.
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