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Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
Contributor(s): Stanley, Diane, Hartland, Jessie (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1481452495     ISBN-13: 9781481452496
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2016

Annotation: "A fascinating look at Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron." --
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women mathematicians; Great Britain; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Women computer programmers; Great Britain; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Mathematicians; Great Britain; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Computers
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Inventions
Dewey: 510.92
LCCN: 2015010872
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 12.50" W x 0.75" (1.24 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 184764
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69547
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
Stanley emphasizes Lovelace's right- and left-brain pedigree (her father, whom she never knew, was poet Lord Byron; her mother, a scientist and mathematician). Multiple entry points--Lovelace as female mathematician, nineteenth-century woman balancing career and family, and visionary kept in the background by society--should attract a diverse readership. Hartland's gouache illustrations combine visual playfulness with concrete points in the narrative. Timeline. Bib., glos. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #1)
Stanley emphasizes Ada Lovelace's right- and left-brain pedigree (her father, whom she never knew, was the poet Lord Byron; her mother, a scientist and mathematician) beginning with the book's title and in several other places throughout. Despite her mother's aversion to fantasy, literature, and imagination, young Ada manages to merge all three into her scientific education, learning not only how nineteenth-century machines really worked but also detailing their wondrous possibilities. Upon entering society, and having no time for "fashion, fox hunting, or court gossip," Ada attends weekly gatherings, alongside Dickens and Darwin, hosted by mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage, often referred to as the father of computing. Babbage knows how to build a machine that will calculate mathematics, but not how to make it work; it takes Lovelace, now a wife and mother, to program his design for practical use and produce a written text that explains the process. Multiple entry points--Lovelace as a female mathematician, as a nineteenth-century woman balancing both career and family, and as a visionary kept in the background by society--should attract a diverse readership to this picture-book biography. Hartland's gouache illustrations combine visual playfulness with pertinent and concrete points in the narrative; a friendly serif font makes for an accessible read. Appended with an author's note, a discussion about some controversy concerning Lovelace's contributions, a timeline, selected bibliography, and a glossary. [See also Ada's Ideas, reviewed above.] betty carter Copyright 2016 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 August #3)

Stanley (Mozart: The Wonder Child) delivers a breezy but insightful overview of the curiosity and determination that drove Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) to pursue her intellectual passions, tracing her childhood dreams of flight, her friendship and working relationship with Charles Babbage, and her pioneering programming work in service of promoting Babbage's Analytical Machine. Hartland (How the Meteorite Got to the Museum) keeps the mood light in loopy gouache cartoons that humorously portray Lovelace as the creative and intelligent product of parents "as different as chalk and cheese"; in facing family portraits, the "rational, respectable, and strict" Lady Byron stares uncomfortably at her husband, Lord Byron, who looks rakish in multiple senses of the word. An author's note and timeline conclude a thoroughly engaging look at a trailblazing mathematical mind. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. Illustrator's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 October)
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 School Library Journal.
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