A trend can either refer to a fad that is popular but will likely go away or it can describe a pattern that has emerged that is expected to continue. I hope children of all genders and races identifying as scientists and being excited about science is a trend that continues to grow and grow. This book really highlights how being a curious kid is a lot like being a scientist and how parents can encourage their curious kids to take on that role. The book is Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.
The book follows Ada Twist, who started out as a quiet young girl and became someone who had so many questions to ask about the world. When she discovers a terrible smell, she makes it her mission to solve the mystery of the source of the smell. She comes up with some hypotheses and asks lots of questions to see which is true.
I think the audience of the book could really include children and parents. I think children would enjoy hearing about all the things Ada Twist attempts to do in the name of science and trying to make sense of the smell, too. However, Ada’s parents go through their own conflict when they are unsure of how to handle Ada’s curiosity because it can often cause chaos. But ultimately, they accept that this is part of who she is and that she has a skill for asking questions and getting to the facts. Her parents really model how to adjust to the needs of their own child. They have to sacrifice some of their own comforts to understand that this is the way that Ada works best and to allow her to express her creativity. I think this model is something children and adults could benefit from seeing.
The images are colorful, exciting, and reveal all kinds of fun details that complement the story. You can see Ada’s inquisitive nature on her face. You can also see how her enthusiasm excites her classmates around her or draws some concern from adults, at times, but leaves them ultimately impressed. The book includes great vocabulary like hypothesis and frazzled. The author really allows Ada to show readers why it is so important to hold onto that curiosity from childhood and use it to understand. She can be an inspiration to all in that way.