A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Little known, previously unsung female STEM role model brought to light. First computer program explained in simple, understandable terms. Mention of other Victorian-era scientists and mathematicians.
Girls can excel at math and science and forge untraveled paths. Math and invention are interesting and creative. Parents can support their kids' interests, even when society looks askance.
Positive Role Models
This female mathematician anticipated the invention of computers and programming by more than a century and envisioned other scientific advances unknown at the time. Her interests were cultivated even though they were unusual for women of that era.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, a biography of a 19th-century female mathematician and inventor, garnered a host of awards, and deservedly so. Ada's father was poet Lord Byron, and she was born with a keen math mind, distinguishing herself in the early 1800s by creating algorithms for a machine that was a precursor to computers, thereby becoming the first computer programmer. The writing is lively and captivating, and the art is rich and lush, evoking the period and drawing us into the life of this intriguing woman. A perfect choice for families looking for STEM-friendly reads.
Is It Any Good?
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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