“Ada Twist, Scientist” Inspires Girl Power

I’ve enjoyed reading Rosie Revere, Engineer and Izzy Peck, Architect for many engaging language lessons with kids They love the stories that provide so much to talk about and relate to their lives. The newest addition to the series, Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, drew me in as a speech pathologist because Ada was apparently mum until 3 years of age when her first word was, “Why?” followed by further questions pouring out, ”What?” How?” and “When? Her job was to question and figure out the answer. Ada was truly unusual as her order of questions, ironically was backwards from typical language development, “Why?” is a later developing more advanced query than a simpler “What?’ or “When?” But of course that probably only interests a speech pathologist and makes for a more compelling story! Of course “Miss Ada Twist had all the traits of a great scientist.” She loved “A mystery! A riddle! A puzzle! A quest!” Punished for her experiments on the cat, she sat in her Thinking Chair which inspired her Great Thinking Wall, filled with formulas and hypotheses on what could be causing that terrible stink! Her  curiosity, persistence and perseverance serve as a perfect model for girls (and boys!)  to pursue their passions.

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