|Grace Hopper : queen of computer code (People Who Shaped Our World)|
Author: Wallmark, Laurie
A picture book biography of Grace Hopper, who played a prominent role in the early days of computers.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 190028
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 71672
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
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Booklist - 04/15/2017 Wallmark, who wrote Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (2015), now introduces a twentieth-century woman who contributed significantly to the history of computer programming. Grace Hopper grew up in a family that encouraged her childhood interests in math, science, and tinkering. Working for the U. S. Navy for many years, beginning during WWII, she was known for her intelligence, outside-the-box thinking, and sense of humor. Her most notable achievement was the creation of the first compiler, making it possible to use a word-based program that increased efficiency and led to other computer languages. It’s hard to say what primary-grade kids will make of Hopper’s technological accomplishments, but this picture book goes a long way toward showing that she was a lively, curious, diligent person who developed original ideas and knew how to get things done. Well-chosen anecdotes and quotes offer a sense of her personality, while Wu’s digital illustrations feature rich colors, strong structure, and unexpected but accurate details, such as the Jolly Roger flag above Hopper’s desk. An inviting picture-book biography. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 2–4–Grace Hopper (née Murray), a girl with a keen mind and a determined attitude, grows up to become the "queen of computer code." Wallmark shares incidents and stories from the scientist's remarkable life that illustrate "Grace being Grace," and with these anecdotes, the author paints an engaging portrait of a unique woman in this bright and informative biography. At age seven, Hopper dismantled several clocks in her house to find out what made them tick. Finishing high school two years early, she overcame difficulties with Latin before she was admitted to Vassar College. Convinced she could make a difference to the war effort, Hopper enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and embarked on a lifelong military career writing computer programs. After finding a moth trapped inside a navy computer, she coined the phrase computer bug. Colorful and crisp digital illustrations accompany the text. The vibrant palette and straightforward composition are eye-catching, and Hopper's curiosity, love of learning, and ambition shine through in her expressive features. Be sure to examine the endpapers, which offer supplemental information. VERDICT Inquisitive readers who, like Hopper, "want to understand how things work" will appreciate this upbeat biography of a woman who was ahead of her time. A sound purchase for most collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.