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I want you to imagine… what if computers had started earlier? What if a loom could have been the start of the computer age? Hold that thought. Now read this lovely picture book “Who Says Women Can’t be Computer Programmers” and learn the Story of Ana Lovelace. She is a fascinating lady and this soft-sided picture book gives elementary children an excellent look at this historical figure.
One of the things I love is when illustrators can fit their drawings to the story. The quick movement in the images brought to life the liveliness of Ana’s mind, her fascination with numbers and how everything fit together. You could almost see how she put numbers and real life together.
Such an intellectual young lady growing up within the confines of what was considered good and proper for young ladies. Her interest in numbers was fed by the number of companions she met along the way. Their encouragement helped foster her intellect and broadened her horizons greatly.
Her mother wanted so much for her daughter to grow up without these flights of fancy that her father had, so she made a point of teaching her daughter mathematics. She wanted her daughter to learn practical things like French, mathematics, and music. This didn’t stop Ada though… she just loved so many things. Her mind was so agile it soaked up everything around her.
As her life progressed she eventually she met a scientist named Charles Babbage and her life was forever changed. Ada learned that “Math and imagination did not have to be opposites…they actually went together!”
This lovely informative book generated an interest in me of the Jacquard Loom.
The bright pictures and the interesting story make learning about this interesting young lady and her nimble mind a great story to share with the students in your life.
Who says Women Can't be Computer Programmers? Tanya Lee Stone Marjorie Priceman Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books 40 pages, picture book Biography, ages 6-9 Reviewed for Raincoast books. Where to find: Amazon Link.