A computer called Katherine : how Katherine Johnson helped put America on the moon

by Slade, Suzanne,

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Summary

The inspiring story of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (the subject of the hit movie Hidden Figures ).

Katherine Johnson grew up during a time when women were not encouraged to excel in the fields of math and science, and when African-Americans were heavily discriminated against. But she was so good at math that she zoomed ahead of her elementary school classmates, attended a high school far away from home, and started college at age fourteen, taking difficult geometry classes taught just for her. She went on to become one of NASA's "computers who wore skirts," women who did calculations that helped the men engineers design flight plans and rockets.

Katherine wasn't like other women. She asked lots and lots of questions, and she didn't stay out of design meetings that were previously just for men. She was so good at her job that she was asked to double check the calculations of a machine computer. Katherine made important contributions to the first flight into space, the first orbit of the Earth, and the first trip to the moon--and back--breaking barriers for African Americans and women everywhere. Author Suzanne Slade brings Katherine's story to life in this smartly written picture book biography, illustrated by debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Math came easy to Katherine Johnson while she was growing up. In the 1950s, when she was in her 30s, she was hired at NASA as a computer (a female mathematician who assisted the male engineers) and eventually worked her way up to the Apollo 11 project. Vignettes of Katherine's work familiar to aficionados of the 2016 film Hidden Figures depict her talent with calculations, the drama of early space travel, and the way both combined to put humans on the moon. There are a few missed opportunities just how groundbreaking Katherine's work was for the time, given her gender and race, isn't fully conveyed. Still, Slade, herself a rocket engineer, cleverly integrates topical concepts within the text, and the strong back matter includes a time line and source notes. For younger readers, the racist arguments Katherine's African American family faces are depicted as being as wrong as 5 + 5 = 12. Wide pages offer appropriate room for the engaging mixed-media illustrations (don't miss the endpapers!), which wonderfully introduce, depict, and honor this STEM heroine.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Slade explores the life of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Johnson excelled in mathematics beginning in childhood but was frustrated by the lack of opportunities available to women of her era. Her perseverance and skills led her to work at a Virginia research center, where she made complex calculations, advocated for her right to attend meetings with male engineers, and eventually joined the NASA space team. Slade writes in clear, up-tempo prose, well paired with Jamison's expressive mixed-media art, which presents Johnson as a self-assured figure in bright, jewel-toned clothing. Spreads also feature chalky mathematical computations, and the launch of Apollo 11-guided by Johnson's meticulous calculations-is presented dynamically across three panels. An uplifting portrait of a no longer so "hidden" figure. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Johnson, Katherine G. -- Juvenile literature.
Johnson, Katherine G.
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees.
African American women mathematicians -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Mathematicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women mathematicians.
Women mathematicians.
Mathematicians.
Women -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Miller Jamison, Veronica, illustrator.
Audience Age 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780316435178 (hardcover)
0316435171 (hardcover)
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