Friday, December 15, 2017

What Makes a Monster



The second book in The World of Weird Animals Series is a fabulous follow up to Pink is for Blobfish.  What Makes a Monster?  asks the reader to define what makes some animals seem more monstrous to us than others.  Among some clear cut monstrous animals like the assassin bug and the vampire bat is humans.  Humans and their big brains an ability to create more and more sophisticated weapons makes us, perhaps, the most dangerous of all.  While this book does include a glossary of useful words, it neglects to include any sources or references.


Title: What Makes a Monster?
Author: Jess Keating
Illustrators: David DeGrand
Published 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 978-0-553-51230-4


This book was sent from the publisher for review purposes.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How to Survive as a Firefly



I sure do love a drill sergeant firefly.  Toward the end of the story, we learn that his urgency has as much to do with the serious nature of the content as it does the short amount of time an adult firefly has in this lifetime.  The comical and comic style illustrations help the reader to relate to the young larvae as they stick out their tongues, carry a grass blankie, and joke about their glowing bums (abdomens really).  Kristen Foote packs information into each page in a format that is engaging and fun.  How to Survive as a Firefly is a sure hit with young readers and fans of Fly Guy and I’m Trying to Love Spiders.  The author chose not to include a bibliography and instead to note the experts who were consulted and their credentials.

Not to be confused with Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived series…


Title: How To Survive as a Firefly
Author: Kristen Foote
Illustrator: Erica Salcedo
Published 2017 by The Innovation Press
ISBN: 978-1-943147-32-8


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This is How We Do It


As I read This is How We Do It, the wheels in my head began spinning of the ways this book could easily be incorporated into a Social Studies unit of how children around the world do any number of things as compared to how kids in the US do those same things.  In fact, I began designing a curriculum based entirely around this book (all in my head but a girl can dream!).  The inclusion of photographs of the real children and their real families toward the back of the book made it all even more REAL.  If you, like me, are planning to design some stellar Social Studies lessons centered around This is How We Do It, here are the overarching Big Ideas:
  • Where I Live
  • Who I Live With
  • What I Wear to School
  • What I Eat for Breakfast
  • How I Go To School
  • My Teacher
  • How We Learn
  • How I Spell My Name
  • What I Eat for Lunch
  • How I Play
  • How I Help
  • How We Eat Dinner
  • What I Do In the Evening
  • Where I Sleep
  • My Night Sky (spoiler - it’s the same everywhere!)

So many ideas!  Our kindergarten teachers, for many many years, did a unit on another country, but found over time that some parts of the unit were based more on cultural traditions but they left students with the idea that that is how those children dress every day and eat ever day and…you get the idea.  I find this particular text to be current and fitting, representative of many different cultures and appropriate for children to learn more about their world.  If you get a chance, check out This is How We Do It.




Title: This is How We Do It
Author: Matt Lamothe
Published 2017 by Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-1-4521-5018-5


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Secret Life of the Red Fox



The summary on the inside flap of the book jacket states, “The life of the red fox is a mystery to most people.”  I guess that is true, but I actually find myself sighting red foxes relatively often.  My school has a resident red fox that likes to visit the playground, forcing indoor recess, when I went to the gym early in the morning, I would often see a red fox in the tall grass to the left of the drive, and at a swim club this summer, a red fox seemed to want to play with the children and comes there often.  Perhaps as a part of what is becoming sprawling suburbia, we have foisted our developments a smudge too far and have made new neighbors.  Well, I know that to be true.  With that said, beyond seeing the red fox in “my territory,” I don’t get the opportunity to witness other aspects of the red fox’s lifestyle so Laurence Pringle’s words and Kate Garchinsky’s illustrations encapsulate a day in the life well.  In the section “More about the Red Fox” there is mention of the sounds foxes make and I recall a time when I first heard the sound baby fox kits make playing.  If you’ve never heard it, you will wonder if you’re about to happen upon a murder scene.  It’s terrifying.  What does the fox say?  I hope you never hear it.  But The Secret Life of the Red Fox, I hope you get the chance to read it.


Title: The Secret Life of the Red Fox
Author: Laurence Pringle
Illustrator: Kate Garchinsky
Published 2017 by Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 978-1-62979-260-6


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Monday, December 11, 2017

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien



John Ronald (J.R.R. Tolkien) spent his life looking for dragons until one day, inspired, he began to write his own stories including, of course, a dragon.  Eliza Wheeler’s hidden dragons throughout will help readers to use their own imagination seeing all the dragons arounds us.  Caroline McAlister makes Tolkien’s childhood, filled with tragedy, accessible to young readers.  Quite frankly, after reading the Author’s Note and Illustrator’s Note, I see a dragon in his aunt stoking the fire as she burned his mother’s letters.  But everyone has their demons.  The tanks beyond the trenches belching fire were also modern dragons of the time.  The inspired story of Tolkien’s first page of writing is reminiscent of a sculptor’s claim that the piece is trapped inside the stone waiting to be let out, discovered by the artist.  Similarly, readers of all ages, kids new to Tolkien and fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will love discovering John Ronald’s Dragons.


Title: John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien
Author: Caroline Mcalister
Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler
Published 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 978-1-62672-092-3


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines; Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial



As anyone who has visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial might attest, it is a moving and reverent experience.  It is made all the more special to me knowing the story of its designer, Maya Lin.  Jeanne Harvey brings Lin’s story together from her time as a young girl, designing and building through to college studying great buildings all around the world.  I love a stunning story and Maya Lin stunned the judges of the contest to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Now, could we think of anything better?  It is a beautiful monument to the sacrifice and the remembrance.  Dow Phumiruk’s soft palette brings light and lines to the illustrations of Maya Lin’s life and legacy.


Title: Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines; Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey
Illustrator: Dow Phumiruk
Published 2017 by Christy Ottaviano Books
ISBN: 978-1-250-11249-1


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dangerous Jane


While I knew of Jane Addams and her hull house, I was not familiar of her work for peace during World War II or the fact that she helped found the NAACP or that she was named “the Most Dangerous Woman in America” by the FBI.  What I love to read is that Jane kept on doing what she did best, defiantly in the face of harsh criticism.  The lesson to be learned is that history will tell the story and kindness and generosity toward others shall always prove right in the end.  A belief that talking about our differences can help us understand each other and that welcoming others (literally and figuratively) is a powerful step toward peace is in line with Jane Addams ideals.  Alice Ratterree created contrast between those who have and those who do not with color and black and white or starkly colored illustrations.  In the image of Jane and her father in a carriage passing through the poor side of town, Jane’s hair is being swept by the wind demonstrating the speed with which her father wanted to get away from the side of town.  Suzanne Slade’s choice of words help tell the story of a woman who didn’t pay much attention to what others said, but I think Jane herself would be proud of the words Suzanne chose to tell her story.


Title: Dangerous Jane
Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator: Alice Ratterree
Published 2017 by Peachtree
ISBN: 978-1-56145-913-1


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Once Upon a Jungle



Once Upon a Jungle is an ultimate circular story outlining the Jungle’s circle of life.  Laura Knowles text focuses in and then ultimately expands to the entire plant life of the jungle while James Boast’s illustrations with a dark background as the canopy of the rainforest would ultimately lead to a dark environment most of the time provides perfect camouflage for the the panther and the bright foliage provides the same for many of the insects and brightly colored animals.  The spread with the beetles “roaming” on the panther is perhaps my favorite, the breakdown of a body to become one with the soil, the soil nourishing the plant life that will once again become the jungle.  The symbiotic relationships can lend themselves to an awesome science lesson and deeper study.  Readers young and old will love Once Upon a Jungle.


Title: Once Upon a Jungle
Author:  Laura Knowles
Illustrator: James Boast
Published 2017 by Firefly Books
ISBN: 978-1-77085-971-5


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle



3D Printing never ceases to amaze!  When I read the title, I was all in.  I wanted to know why and how Beauty came to have a 3D Printed beak.  Much like the story of Winter the dolphin with the prosthetic tail, Beauty was injured in nature and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center.  I don’t want to give too much away as I’m sure other readers will want to find out more for themselves too.  Jane Veltkamp brings her own expertise and experience to the storytelling as a raptor ….  Decisions pertaining to book design have the photos and text laid out in such a way that the reader can follow along with Beauty’s journey to health.  I appreciate that Deborah Lee Rose includes more information about eagles, their endangered status and what young people can do to help.  There are several resources included to learn more as well.

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Title: Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle
Author: Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp
Published 2017 by Persnickety Press
ISBN: 978-1943978-28-1


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I’ve Got Feet: Fantastical Feet of the Animal World



I love the varied color palette of Hannah Tolson’s illustrations with bright colors splashed across the page to highlight the aquatic environment of the sea turtle and a snowy winter landscape to exhibit the Great Horned Owl’s habitat.  Julie Murphy’s text is fun to read and engaging.  If using this as a read aloud, I’d suggest reading the first line of each page prior to showing the picture to ask readers to guess which animal comes next.  For example, reading “I’ve got sturdy feet.” Then having students guess what animal that might describe and then reading the rest of the page, showing the illustrations as well.  A teacher’s guide is available at: www.amicuspublishing.us/downloads.  I’ve Got Feet will make a great addition to any school library or classroom library and animal lovers will enjoy reading it as part of a home library too!

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Title: I’ve Got Feet: Fantastical Feet of the Animal World
Author: Julie Murphy
Illustrator: Hannah Tolson
Published 2017 by Amicus Ink
ISBN: 978-1-68152-195-4


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Danza!



Duncan Tonatiuh has already contributed some classic stories highlighting Hispanic culture like Funny Bones and The Princess and the Warrior and Danza adds to his litany.  Amalia Hernandez’s Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is brought to life on the pages with Tonatiuh’s descriptions of her process to identify dances from around the country and the intricate details of costumes and poses.  The inclusion of a bibliography is helpful for a reader wanting to learn more and I appreciate that the author’s note makes mention of criticisms of misappropriation of culture.  While I can value that perspective, I think Hernandez’s ballet brought the culture of Mexico around the world in the form of ballet.  And Tonatiuh in recognizing all aspects of the story makes it known that all was not easy for Amalia Hernandez.


Title: Danza!
Author: Ducan Tonatiuh
Published 2017 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-1-4197-2532-6


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hatching Chicks in Room 6



I read this book last night with my daughter at bedtime.  She is fortunate that she hosted a chick hatching in her second grade classroom last year so her schema for this topic is pretty on point.  Each step of the way, she made connections and comparisons to the process and the photos.  I would suggest this book either to introduce the topic, review the topic, or in classrooms where having chicks might not be a possibility.  In the backmatter there is a section called “Chicks Online” with two youtube links.  For those who can’t see the real deal live, I highly suggest checking them out.  And since this is a web based review, how about I just embed them at the end of this post.  Stream of consciousness blogging right here.  You all are seeing my thinking.  You’re welcome.  

The photographs are beautifully presented, clear shots that are well laid out and formatted on the page.  I appreciate the inclusion of web based links and books for further reading about chicks as well as the eggs of information throughout the book.  Caroline Arnold presents a lovely book about the awesome hands on science happening in Jennifer Best’s classroom.






Title: Hatching Chicks in Room 6
Author: Caroline Arnold
Published 2017 by Charlesbridge
ISBN: 9781580897358


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

Adam Gustavson’s choice to include black and white pencil drawn sketches on pages with text seems to demonstrate the hard times in Pete’s life or the hard times he witnessed others experiencing.  For example, unemployed men waiting in a bread line during the Great Depression; broken glass from the window of his car as he was singled out for harassment.  Coupled with the full color spreads full of inspiration and hope, a great sloop on the Hudson; holding hands to sing and support the fight for civil rights Gustavson brings Seeger’s moments in life to the page beautifully.  Susanna Reich does the same with her words, noting that comforts like heat weren’t important to Pete.  Instead, “It felt good to be making a difference in the world.”  That’s what Pete did all his life and by sharing his story, Susanna Reich can help to inspire a new generation to find their passion and use it to help make a difference in the world.


Title: Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice
Author: Susanna Reich
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson
Published 2017 by Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-0-8027-3812-7


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

42 Is Not Just a Number


Just when you think you know Jackie Robinson, you realize you’ve only ever learned about a small snapshot of his life.  Some interesting factoids I learned while reading/listening (I got this one on audiobook and listened in my car).  

Did you know Jackie Robinson was working a construction job during the day and playing semi-pro football by night in Oahu, HI and that the construction job was on a naval base called…Pearl Harbor?!  He left the job just two days before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Did you know Branch Rickey may have helped pave the way for Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier in baseball but he was also a savvy business man who realized that having the first black ball player would attract more black fans to the game?!  Thoughts that had simply never occurred to me were highlighted in Doreen Rappaport’s biography of Jackie Robinson.  Rappaport does a masterful job of highlighting different times through Jackie’s life in a way that is accessible to all readers.


Title: 42 Is Not Just a Number
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Published 2017 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7624-7


This book was borrowed from the public library for review purposes.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels



As a woman raising a daughter, I take every opportunity reading through my CYBILs contender books to read books about women whose achievements helped shape history and “Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels” was a perfect segway to discuss some awesome women.  Each story is one page, so it is a bit of a synopsis at best but each manages to highlight what makes each woman daring.  The bibliography is extensive and organized alphabetically (which is great!) but readers looking to learn more about a particular person might be better served by the resources also being organized by the person to which each source pertains.  I don’t even know where to start on choosing a favorite.  Instead, I’ll highlight one of the women who has her very own biography featured as one of this year's CYBILS nominees alongside Women Who Dared:



And some other awesome books to check out based on these adventurous women!

Annie Edson Taylor
Bessie Coleman
Sylvia Earle
Irena Sendler


Title: Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels
Author: Linda Skeers
Illustrator: Livi Gosling 
Published 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN: 978-1-4926-5327-1

This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Bear's Life


Ian McAllister is responsible for both writing and the breathtaking photos included in “A Bear’s Life.”  The photos of wildlife in the Great Bear Rainforest and especially the rare spirit bear capture moments in time in the lives of bears.  A map is located on the front cover flap of the dust jacket and I find it helpful, but I think it would be better suited within the context of the book or as part of an author’s note.  Likewise, I think an author’s note with further information about the Great Bear Rainforest would be helpful.  A link is included in the author’s biography on the back cover flap of the dust jacket and I intend to check it out to learn more. 
You can too: www.pacificwild.org 

As my son LOVES book about animals, this was an instant favorite in our house!


Title: A Bear’s Life
Author: Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read
Published 2017 by Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1270-3


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

If You Were the Moon



Jaime Kim’s illustrations seem to glow like the moon, or more accurately, like the moon reflects or catches and throws the sun’s light.  The animated illustrations and descriptions of each trait of the moon make If You Were the Moon a perfect companion to science lessons about the moon, either in introduction or review of these concepts. I love the idea of the moon whispering wisdom from the sky and also holding the earth in balance, a soothing constant reinforcement.



Title: If You Were the Moon
Author: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrator: Jaime Kim
Published 2017 by Millbrook Press
ISBN: 978-1-4677-8009-4


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dazzleships: World War I and the Art of Confusion



Dazzleships: World War I and the Art of Confusion is one of those stories that strikes me as almost fantastical, or even wondering at how this is not more discussed and widely known.  During World War I, German submarines were torpedoing ships but not just military ships, they were torpedoing without regard to the passengers, or cargo.  One such ship, The Lusitania, is the most well known in my measure and carried munitions along with passengers, including 120 Americans.  As a result, the British Royal Navy was ready to try anything, including a new idea proposed by Norman Wilkinson to paint ships in patterns that would be confusing under the water, camouflaging what direction the ship was headed in and therefore wasting torpedo missiles that would miss their mark.  Even King George V was fooled in a demonstration of how the patterning works.  

Chris Barton does a spectacular job of bringing the story to the pages, highlighting events that helped to move this improbable, unlikely idea forward.  As the story itself is artistic, Victo Ngai does a masterful job of bringing the colors and patterns to the reader.  As is noted in the Author’s Note, it is difficult to appreciate the Dazzle Ship designs when viewed in black and white photos, as were taken at the time.  The fact that women helped to get the job done only makes it even more powerful.  At a time when women’s roles were minimized and marginalized, the fact that they were involved seems surprising, but much like early female coders and programmers [who were only noticed when someone looked back at photos and questioned who the women were and that person was told, they were models used for the photo opportunity but I digress], their talents were put to use in the war effort.

Chris Barton writes that the US and British Royal Navy disagreed on the effectiveness of the painting of the ships, some felt that “…at the very least, the sailors on those ships just felt better knowing that something had been tried to keep them from getting torpedoed.”  Isn’t that really the point?  When there is a problem, sometimes doing something, anything, even painting ships in wild, colorful patterns, is better than nothing. 



Title: Dazzleships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Victo Ngai
Published 2017 by Millbrook Press
ISBN: 978-1-5124-1014-3


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13



Citing numerous and varied sources, Tod Olson’s “Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13” is well researched.  Having watched the movie Apollo 13, I felt pretty comfortable that I knew how this would all turn out.  And yet, reading along with the astronauts and the crew on the ground as they worked the problems, it was stressful moment to moment and having every word, every breath recorded only added to that feeling.  What I found interesting was how much focus Olson put on Barbara Lovell’s perspective.  Barbara, Jim Lovell’s oldest daughter had to grow up quickly being the daughter of an astronaut and having much responsibility for her younger siblings on a regular basis.  I think young readers will relate to the perspective of being a child during the space race and the empathy of imagining a father being blasted into space on multiple occasions.  “Lost in Outer Space” was the unfolding of the best laid plans and what could still go wrong.  Tod Olson’s telling accompanied from photographs from the time help bring this story to a new generation.  I'm excited to check out other books in Tod Olson's "Lost" series!


Title: Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13
Author: Tod Olson
Published 2017 by Scholastic, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-545-92815-1


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Manjhi Moves a Mountain



In schools, there is currently a focus on grit, resilience, perseverance and what an amazing example of all three in Nancy Churnin’s Manjhi Moves a Mountain.  That it is a true story only makes it more inspiring.  Two villages, separated by a mountain.  One has resources, the other does not.  So why not bring those two worlds together?  That is what Manjhi sets out to do.  With beautiful illustrations, Churnin and Popovici bring this true story across the oceans to readers half a world away.


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Title: Manjhi Moves a Mountain
Author: Nancy Churnin
Published 2017 by Creston Books

ISBN: 978-1-939547-34-7

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees



While stories of Syrian refugees have dominated news over the past several years, I haven’t read a compilation quite like “Stormy Seas” before with stories from refugees of many different events.  The overwhelming takeaway for me is that refugees aren’t trying to get somewhere.  But they are trying to get away.  The devastating circumstances that drive people away from their homes often builds over time in the country from which people are fleeing but from the outside global community appears to be both sudden and unexpected.  As a result, countries welcoming (or not so welcoming as reality seems to deem) refugees are often unprepared for the influx of people.  Stormy Seas presents the people behind the gates of the camps who risked everything to make it that far.  Including stories from Germany, Vietnam, Cuba, Afghanistan, and the Ivory Coast, young readers will relate to the stories of the 11 to 18 year old narrator’s of their own experiences.  

“I am not particularly interested in going to America.  I am interested in staying alive.” - Ruth

The book design with quotes pulled out and emphasized will draw the eye of the reader.  The timelines included in each story helps to understand the span of time relative to war or other genocidal catastrophes.  The photographs and consistent color scheme help to connect the dots of our collective history relative to refugees.
Title: Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees
Author: Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare
Published 2017 by Annick Press
ISBN: 978-1-55451-896-8


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Book-Ish Advent Calendar



A couple of years ago, a fellow blogger posted about a bookish advent calendar.  The idea, instead of unwrapping a piece of chocolate each day for the 25 days leading up until Christmas, instead, unwrap a book each day to read before bed (or anytime, really, but bedtime seemed to be our go to).  I did this that first year with some Christmas/holiday/winter books that we had on hand and supplemented with books I borrowed from the public library.  That first year, I followed the blogger’s suggestions as closely as I could as far as which book correlated to which day.  In the years since, I have build up our personal collection but I’m always on the lookout for more holiday books.  Lo and behold, Candlewick Press had a number of holiday books suggested to review and I jumped at the chance.  Rather than wait until closer to the holidays, I’d rather share these NOW so you have an opportunity to get them and prepare your own bookish Advent Calendar.  Or, adapt this idea to make a bookish 8 nights of Hannukah.  I’ll find some good ones for Hannukah too, just putting out the books that have been sent my way so far.  And why stop there?  Let’s do 14 books leading up to Valentine’s Day…the creative juices are flowing now!



 

 
 


 



We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Edition
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Make and Play Christmas
Make and Play Nativity
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Press Out and Color Christmas Ornaments
Gift Boxes to Decorate and Make: Christmas
A Christmas for Bear
Red and Lulu
Elf in the House
The Christmas Fairy
Pick a Pine Tree

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code



You may have heard the following quote from Grace Hopper, well if you haven’t, I have and I love it: “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission.”  I’d imagine Grace Hopper didn’t really need to ask forgiveness often but she also didn’t waste time getting permission.  If you’ve ever heard of a computer “bug” that’s because Grace Hopper documented the first, a real moth that found it’s way into the system and wreaked some havoc!  Grace Hopper grew up taking things apart to see what made them tick (literally - it was a clock!).  The following are some new Grace Hopper quotes to add to my repertoire.  

If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it. - Grace Hopper

The world will be a better place when all agree with me. - Grace Hopper

Every time you solve a problem, another one shows up behind it.  That’s the challenge. - Grace Hopper

One that I thought was Hopper is actually misattributed as The most dangerous phrase in the English language is that it’s always been done this way.  The real quote has more to do with people being allergic to change and stating things have always been done this way.  Either way it’s a good quote, but the actual words don’t roll off the tongue in quite the same way.

Grace is notable for more than just witty remarks, she devoted her life to solving problems and Laurie Wallmark makes her story engaging and fun for young readers.  Katy Wu shows the twinkle in Grace’s eye from her youth to her later years in the Navy.  The timeline, selected bibliography, and further reading will help keep kids digging deeper into reading about Grace and other women in STEM.


Title: Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code
Author: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrator: Katy Wu
Published 2017 by Sterling Children’s Books
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2000-7


This book was sent by the publisher for review purposes.