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Disappointing portrayal of a curious black girl!
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2019
I pre-ordered this book for my daughter because I was thrilled with the previous two books which actually had a plot and characters who showed tenacity while going against the “norms” established by society.
The message of this book is that curiosity gets you in trouble and no one, not even Ada’s parents, encourage her curiosity until the second to last page.
When I was teaching, I used Rosie Revere, and Iggy Peck in my classroom to teach students to think differently and to nurture their curiosity and passions. Those books had champions for Rosie & Iggy and maybe one person who tried to squash their dreams until each proved that their passions were worth while.
Ada has to be her own champion, and while she has many critics who tolerate her, the books wmds without her accomplishing anything and leaving readers wondering about the purpose of the book.
I was disappointed after reading it, but used it a lesson to my daughter about what I will not do and what I will not allow others to do - kill her curiosity and make her think that she can’t explore and create.