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|Ada Lovelace, poet of science : the first computer programmer|
Author: Stanley, Diane
A fascinating look at Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 184764
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 69547
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 Gr 3–5—Beginning with "Long, long ago," this title is a colorful, storylike take on Ada Lovelace and her ingenuity. The text frames young Lovelace as a curious though lonely child straddling a stern mother and absent father. ("Ada's parents were as different as chalk and cheese.") The narrative follows Lovelace's life from childhood through adulthood. Highlights include an influential visit to a factory, Lovelace's chance meeting and friendship with Charles Babbage, and her meticulous, step-by-step detail of how to code the numbers of the Bernoulli. The illustrations, done in gouache, are wildly imaginative and portray Lovelace as full of undulating energy and creativity. The ending spread shows Lovelace flying over a futurelike cityscape with billboards littered with contemporary technology references (the Apple logo). The text briefly touches upon such topics as the Industrial Revolution, though students will likely crave more information on the time period. VERDICT Great for read-alouds and lesson plans on coding.—Shannan Hicks, J.S. Clark Elementary School Library, LA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.