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Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrator: Katy Wu
ISBN: 9781454920007
Hardcover Price: $16.95

The recent film, "Hidden Figures," alerted a wide audience to some of the remarkable women whose brilliant mathematic and engineering contributions were essential to the U.S. space program. Grace Hopper is another important figure among so many accomplished women, past and present, in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While Hopper achieved major recognition both during and after her lifetime (her nickname was "Amazing Grace"), author Laurie Wallmark's inspiring new picture book is an especially timely look at this fiercely intelligent, ground-breaking computer scientist, Navy rear admiral, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Filled with engaging anecdotes, Wallmark pays tribute to Hopper's "insatiable curiosity," her puzzle-solving mind, and the openness to change that guided her path in childhood and throughout her computer coding breakthroughs and invaluable service to the Navy (which named a guided missile destroyer after her). Wallmark (who also wrote "Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine') includes Grace's fascinating timeline, a bibliography and a list of other age-appropriate books about women in STEM. Illustrator Katy Wu adds to the lively presentation with a deft use of color, humor, and heart.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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