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Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fascinating bio of remarkable 19th-century female inventor.

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This extraordinary bio of a Victorian-era mathematician who anticipated computer programming is fascinating and easy to read. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine celebrates Ada's passion for numbers and invention and shows how she weathered difficulties, including her mother's early divorce from her father, the English poet Lord Byron, and an early illness that left her on crutches. But Ada also benefited from her privileged social standing, studying with tutors and socializing with eminent scientists, and having her passion fully supported by her mother.

Author Laurie Wallmark tells the story deftly, highlighting just the right human and dramatic detail, and April Chu's art brings Ada and her passions vividly to life. A three-page author's note and time line provide more details. This is a welcome invitation for girls to join Ada at the STEM table.

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