Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston
Illustrator: Renee Kurilla
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ada is a very logical thinker and excels in many of her classes. However, when it comes to art, she just can’t seem to get it right, even though her dad is the new teacher. Frustrated, Ada puts off her art assignments to work on her robot that she’s building to enter into a competition. Then, she has an epiphany! She’ll program her robot to help her with her art projects! Finally she is able to successfully complete her art projects, and she ends up winning the robot competition.
This book is a fun story that explores jealousy, friendship, talents, and color-blindness. Turns out that Ada is color-blind, which is why she struggles completing her art assignments. With the help of her friends and family, as well as her perseverance and innovation in building her robot, she is able to find a way to learn how to deal with the challenge of being colorblind. An underlying message of the plot teaches the reader to reach out and ask for help when needed, as well as to recognize that everybody is blessed with different talents. This is a great story with loveable characters and a sweet message.