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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants

Author: Andrea Beaty
Lower Age: 6
Upper Age: 9
Website: abramsbooks.com
Year Added: 2019

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, is a thought-provoking book for children ages 5 and up. This book tells the story of a girl named Ada who is very curious and conducts experiments to understand the world around her, which encourages the reader to ask questions and find out why something happens. Ada explains how to formulate hypotheses and create experiments in order to test those hypotheses, just like a scientist would. Towards the end of the book, Ada’s friend’s uncle needs help solving a problem. Ada thinks back to everything she had learned throughout the day through her experiments and combines it all to help solve the problem. Ada shows how to brainstorm and use past experience to find a solution to a new problem.

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons promotes critical and creative thinking and encourages children to ask questions about the world around them. Ada shows how perseverance is essential in problem solving as she does not succeed the first time, but keeps trying and succeeds in the end. This book is an excellent choice for children interested in engineering and science as it shows how the design process works and how ideas can be generated.