|Margaret and the Moon : how Margaret Hamilton saved the first lunar landing|
Author: Robbins, Dean
Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. Soon math led to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon!
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 189739
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 71674
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 K-Gr 3—When Margaret Hamilton was a child, her father encouraged her interest in space. She loved sports, reading, art, and music, but she especially enjoyed mathematics. Working with computers, Hamilton was able to combine her interests by teaching herself to write code and program computers. In 1964, she went to work for NASA and became the director of Software Programming for Project Apollo. Cartoon-style illustrations add a sense of levity to the work, making Hamilton's complex jobs accessible and appealing to a young audience. The narrative builds to an emotional climax when Apollo 11's lunar module, the Eagle, runs into problems minutes before the scheduled landing. Faced with a potentially disastrous computer overload, Hamilton's code corrected the malfunction, and the module touched down safely. The author was able to interview Hamilton, and an informative note explains more about her life and career. VERDICT Entertaining and illuminating, this book has many curricular connections, including space travel, women's history, inventions, and coding.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2017 Robbins tells the story of pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton, whose programs helped NASA land astronauts on the moon. Growing up in the ’30s and ’40s, Margaret didn’t see many women scientists, but instead of being dissuaded by the dearth of women in those fields, she threw herself heartily into all her school work, particularly math, and dreamed big. When she started working with computers and teaching herself programming, her imagination really soared. Eventually, her programs became indispensable to the space program, and her cool-headed thinking prevented disaster during the Apollo 11 mission. In Knisley’s genial, cartoonish illustrations, young Margaret gazes, wide-eyed, at constellation-filled skies and zips around with a pale yellow moon, nicely visualizing the boundlessness of her aspirations. An author’s note offers more detailed information, as well as some further reading and a handful of photos of Margaret both as a child and with her work. A worthy addition to collections of picture-book biographies of scientists. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.