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“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coine “If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English,” and throughout her life succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly is “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys.


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“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coine “If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science. Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English,” and throughout her life succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly is “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys.

30 review for Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Bloom

    4.5 stars; the Sibert committee will have fun with this one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kid Lit Reviews

    Grace Hopper was a brilliant woman, mathematician, a Naval Admiral, and the Queen of Coding. Once upon a time computers knew two things: 0 and 1. Plus, to use a computer one had to be a scientist or a mathematician. Grace Hopper thought it would be better if computers could be used by anyone and to do that, computers needed to be able to understand more than 0 and 1; they needed to understand words. Hopper’s creativity and brilliance came from her determined stance against the status quo. When o Grace Hopper was a brilliant woman, mathematician, a Naval Admiral, and the Queen of Coding. Once upon a time computers knew two things: 0 and 1. Plus, to use a computer one had to be a scientist or a mathematician. Grace Hopper thought it would be better if computers could be used by anyone and to do that, computers needed to be able to understand more than 0 and 1; they needed to understand words. Hopper’s creativity and brilliance came from her determined stance against the status quo. When one says, “We’ve always done it this way,” they halt creativity, ingenuity, and problem-solving. Hopper fought against it, keeping two items to remind her to think “out of the box:” a Jolly Roger flag and a clock that ran backward. Little nuggets like these are like gold and Grace Hopper: Queen of Coding is made of gold. Hopper used to say, “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it because it’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” Teachers will find Grace Hopper: Queen of Coding inspiring. Not only did she learn to overcome failures and disappointments, she learned how to forge a new path in computer science and for women interested in any STEM field. Originally reviewed on Kid Lit Reviews. To read the complete review and see illustrations, go to: http://bit.ly/GraceHopper-QueenComput...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The more pages I turned, the more I loved this book. At first I was worried it was another attempt to make a biography for children that would be too long and too dry to hold the attention of young children. And for preschoolers it might be too long. However, for children 5 and up, this is a wonderful book. The illustrations are engaging and have little quotes from the character that are more than just repeats of the text-but they work with the illustrations so they are not distracting. The text The more pages I turned, the more I loved this book. At first I was worried it was another attempt to make a biography for children that would be too long and too dry to hold the attention of young children. And for preschoolers it might be too long. However, for children 5 and up, this is a wonderful book. The illustrations are engaging and have little quotes from the character that are more than just repeats of the text-but they work with the illustrations so they are not distracting. The text itself would be easy for children to understand, and enjoy especially kiddos who want to learn, like nonfiction, or want a true story. I would not use this as a read-a-loud for a young group, unless you skipped some pages and essentially shortened the story. That being said I think it would be a wonderful read aloud in an elementary school, or even middle school, or as a bedtime story to a small group who are able to sit though a book with a little more than the usual number of pages. This would be a great introduction to biographies, and nonfiction.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    Grace Hopper was curious. She wanted to know how things worked. This passion for knowledge followed her from school to college and then to the Navy. Grace slowly but surely left her mark, becoming a pioneer in computer programming and an inspiration for us all. Prior to reading this book, I had never before heard the name of Grace Hopper. Now that I know it, I will certainly not forget it any time soon. She was such an amazing and accomplished woman and someone that that is worthy of our respect Grace Hopper was curious. She wanted to know how things worked. This passion for knowledge followed her from school to college and then to the Navy. Grace slowly but surely left her mark, becoming a pioneer in computer programming and an inspiration for us all. Prior to reading this book, I had never before heard the name of Grace Hopper. Now that I know it, I will certainly not forget it any time soon. She was such an amazing and accomplished woman and someone that that is worthy of our respect and admiration. This book is an abridged biograhy for children but also a great introduction to her for those unfamiliar with her life. I love the colors and illustrations and its easy flowing prose. Wallmart highlights Hopper's achievements without underscoring the the fight she put to get them. I love this book and look forward to reading a more comprehensive biography of her life soon. Grace Hopper is one impressive lady. She was a computer scientist and a United States Navy rear Admiral. She graduted from Yale with a Ph. D in Mathematics. A pioneer in computer programming, Grace Hopper is largely responsible for making the use of computers accessible to everyone. When the computer was first introduced, you had to be a be computer scientist or a mathematician in order to know how to use it. Hopper changed the 0 and 1 code for English words, thus making programming simpler. In 2016, President Obama posthumously awarded Grace Hopper the Presidential Medal of Freedom (which only adds to the long list of other awards she had already garnered). I am so happy to have read this book. Consider my curiosity piqued. Fun fact: Grace Hopper coined the term "computer bug".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Amazing biography, and I loved hearing the origin of a computer bug.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book made my almost-seven-year-old declare that Grace Hopper is his new favorite person. Can't argue with that: five stars. This book made my almost-seven-year-old declare that Grace Hopper is his new favorite person. Can't argue with that: five stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oona

    Detailed illustrations, accessible text, and fantastic for teaching grit and growth mindset. The illustrations, combined with visually appealing "quotables," make this one a picture book to linger on and re-read. I love how the timeline in the back is color coded to differentiate between world events and the events in Hopper's life, and the bibliography and additional reading will help to populate the read-next list. One other detail (or should I say lack thereof) which I admire is that while Gr Detailed illustrations, accessible text, and fantastic for teaching grit and growth mindset. The illustrations, combined with visually appealing "quotables," make this one a picture book to linger on and re-read. I love how the timeline in the back is color coded to differentiate between world events and the events in Hopper's life, and the bibliography and additional reading will help to populate the read-next list. One other detail (or should I say lack thereof) which I admire is that while Grace's wedding to Vincent Hopper is on the timeline, it is not a detail that's relevant to the story, per se. You could use this text as a mentor text to show how to make research come alive for students.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    There were a couple unnecessary put-downs of the 'traditional girl' (e.g. -- "While her schoolmates wore frilly dresses and learned to be young ladies, Grace studied math and science.") and the typeface for the main text wasn't integrated well with the illustrations, but the illustrations are gorgeous and the information presented is substantial without being at too high a reading level. There were a couple unnecessary put-downs of the 'traditional girl' (e.g. -- "While her schoolmates wore frilly dresses and learned to be young ladies, Grace studied math and science.") and the typeface for the main text wasn't integrated well with the illustrations, but the illustrations are gorgeous and the information presented is substantial without being at too high a reading level.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary Anderson

    Laurie Wallmark’s Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code portrays legendary computer programmer Grace Hopper as fun and feisty. More than anything, Wallmark’s picture book biography is an appealing story that will engage many young readers, not just the technology fans. The computer science and engineering are accessible and presented as challenges which “Amazing Grace” gladly tackles. The narrative has a friendly voice, and I also like the inspirational Grace Hopper quotes adorning many of the pa Laurie Wallmark’s Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code portrays legendary computer programmer Grace Hopper as fun and feisty. More than anything, Wallmark’s picture book biography is an appealing story that will engage many young readers, not just the technology fans. The computer science and engineering are accessible and presented as challenges which “Amazing Grace” gladly tackles. The narrative has a friendly voice, and I also like the inspirational Grace Hopper quotes adorning many of the page spreads. Katy Wu’s bright, happy illustrations perfectly match the tone of Wallmark’s words. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code is a book that readers will remember, re-visit, and talk about with each other.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lev

    I really like this one. It may be a bit difficult for picture book age, but hey, kids know a lot about computers and coding these days, so what do I know. "Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code" is great though because it reads as a story with interesting bits like the formation of the term "computer bug." Unlike Chelsea Clinton's book, this feels more like a storybook that any child would enjoy. I really like this one. It may be a bit difficult for picture book age, but hey, kids know a lot about computers and coding these days, so what do I know. "Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code" is great though because it reads as a story with interesting bits like the formation of the term "computer bug." Unlike Chelsea Clinton's book, this feels more like a storybook that any child would enjoy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    June

    Motto: "The world will be a better place when all agree with me." Computer stopped working - log "First actual case of [a computer] bug being found." - led to computer glitches being called "bugs." "Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems." Forced to retire at 60, after a few months asked to come back for a short assignment that lasted nearly 20 years. Retired as an Admiral. Picture book biography of the Queen of Computer Code - Amazing Grace. Also includes a timeline at the en Motto: "The world will be a better place when all agree with me." Computer stopped working - log "First actual case of [a computer] bug being found." - led to computer glitches being called "bugs." "Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems." Forced to retire at 60, after a few months asked to come back for a short assignment that lasted nearly 20 years. Retired as an Admiral. Picture book biography of the Queen of Computer Code - Amazing Grace. Also includes a timeline at the end specifying that she was buried at Arlington with full military honors. Back inside cover also has a list of Grace's many honors. Cute poem on inside front.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This was nice but just didn’t completely work for me. Other than the fact that she was stubborn and creative and a math whiz, I didn’t get a feeling of what she was like. I was fascinated by the clock she created to run backwards and about how computer bugs got their name (a real bug was the problem!) but I still didn’t get the feeling of her accomplishments. Just why was she well known? I think it was the programs she wrote to advance the use of machines by non tech people such as getting the m This was nice but just didn’t completely work for me. Other than the fact that she was stubborn and creative and a math whiz, I didn’t get a feeling of what she was like. I was fascinated by the clock she created to run backwards and about how computer bugs got their name (a real bug was the problem!) but I still didn’t get the feeling of her accomplishments. Just why was she well known? I think it was the programs she wrote to advance the use of machines by non tech people such as getting the machine to understand English. I’m assuming from the timeline that she often had simultaneous jobs in the military and in private companies which I didn’t think was allowed. This was a fine book but I’m looking forward to another, better one. Recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debrarian

    A nicely-paced picture book biography of groundbreaking computer programmer Grace Hopper (responsible for, among other things, teaching computers to recognize words and naming a computer glitch a "bug" - a great little anecdote that's included in the story). Strengths include: Great front endpapers that both encapsulate and suck you right into the story with a snappy poem of Grace's attributes ("Rule breaker. Chance taker. Troublemaker...") and illustrations that show her growing up. A well-judged A nicely-paced picture book biography of groundbreaking computer programmer Grace Hopper (responsible for, among other things, teaching computers to recognize words and naming a computer glitch a "bug" - a great little anecdote that's included in the story). Strengths include: Great front endpapers that both encapsulate and suck you right into the story with a snappy poem of Grace's attributes ("Rule breaker. Chance taker. Troublemaker...") and illustrations that show her growing up. A well-judged combination of overall biographical information and specific anecdotes. Lively illustrations that illuminate the text. Personal quotes from Grace that give a flavor of her personality, included in the book at places where they don't repeat the text, but reinforce it. A story that makes good on the promises made in the endpaper poem, showing us a smart, adventurous, humorous inventor mathematician who made a way for herself with determination. The repeating gremlin character from her desk. Embedded examples of how to solve problems: eg. looking at them from another angle; doodling to allow the brain to do its work. Useful, readable timeline at the back. Endpapers with more good info, including Selected Bibliography, Additional Reading About Other Women in STEM, and Grace's Many Honors. Great book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    I like the way this book details much of Grace Hopper's life without being too heavy on text; it is still enjoyable as a story. When using with students, I would give them an idea of the time period, rather than waiting until the end to find out. They might also need a little help realizing that Vassar courses such as "Husbands and WIves" and "Motherhood" were tongue in cheek names. I like the way this book details much of Grace Hopper's life without being too heavy on text; it is still enjoyable as a story. When using with students, I would give them an idea of the time period, rather than waiting until the end to find out. They might also need a little help realizing that Vassar courses such as "Husbands and WIves" and "Motherhood" were tongue in cheek names.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lin Lin

    Challenge-driven, Grace grew up having math and science as her favorite subjects. Exploring the world around her with great curiosity and problem-solving abilities, she created computer codes and she also coined the word "bug" to describe any computer glitches. This is a great book to read with all children, particularly girls, who should be more encouraged to show interests in math and science. "Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems." Challenge-driven, Grace grew up having math and science as her favorite subjects. Exploring the world around her with great curiosity and problem-solving abilities, she created computer codes and she also coined the word "bug" to describe any computer glitches. This is a great book to read with all children, particularly girls, who should be more encouraged to show interests in math and science. "Unconventional thinking was often the key to solving problems."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Grace Hopper was a badass, and this picture book biography captures that. She was like, "Hey, let's make things easier for computer languages." "You can't do that. "Why not?" "Because no one ever has." "Oh yeah? Watch me." God, I love women who fight the status quo. Grace Hopper was a badass, and this picture book biography captures that. She was like, "Hey, let's make things easier for computer languages." "You can't do that. "Why not?" "Because no one ever has." "Oh yeah? Watch me." God, I love women who fight the status quo.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Ben is now fascinated by Grace Hopper because of this book. We reviewed binary coding because of this story, and he loved hearing about how the term "bugs" was invented in relation to computer coding. I think this was especially true because his father codes software for a living, so this helped him understand what his dad does better. Great illustrations, use of quotes from her life, and a nice, in depth story that was still appropriate for kids. Ben is now fascinated by Grace Hopper because of this book. We reviewed binary coding because of this story, and he loved hearing about how the term "bugs" was invented in relation to computer coding. I think this was especially true because his father codes software for a living, so this helped him understand what his dad does better. Great illustrations, use of quotes from her life, and a nice, in depth story that was still appropriate for kids.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suki

    Such a good picture book! Particularly for the slightly older crowd (K is 9yo). We had some nice little conversations with my husband as well while I read it aloud.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tegan

    This was great! I had no idea Grace Hopper was the beginning of so many things involving computers today. Bluestem 2020 nominee.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Fantastic book celebrates the life of this amazing lady. Grace Hopper was intelligent, dedicated, professional, hardworking, and childfree! What an incredible icon for those who aspire to pursue their dreams, and further proof that a woman doesn't have to have kids in order to leave a lasting legacy upon our world. Fantastic book celebrates the life of this amazing lady. Grace Hopper was intelligent, dedicated, professional, hardworking, and childfree! What an incredible icon for those who aspire to pursue their dreams, and further proof that a woman doesn't have to have kids in order to leave a lasting legacy upon our world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Fascinating biography about a woman who really should be celebrated in the areas of math, science and technology!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tori Turner

    This book about Grace Hopper was a Biography. I loved this book especially because the illustrations were colorful and playful. Also, the book started off telling about Grace when she was a child, therefore, it gives children a character to relate to, she was not some idol on a bookshelf that no one can understand. It tells about her curiosity and passion to find answers and continue her education. I feel this biography can be a great inspiration to young readers everywhere. In my classroom, I w This book about Grace Hopper was a Biography. I loved this book especially because the illustrations were colorful and playful. Also, the book started off telling about Grace when she was a child, therefore, it gives children a character to relate to, she was not some idol on a bookshelf that no one can understand. It tells about her curiosity and passion to find answers and continue her education. I feel this biography can be a great inspiration to young readers everywhere. In my classroom, I would probably read this to 3-4 Graders. There is not a lot of writing but it is a longer picture book. (I think 5th graders might even enjoy it because the illustrations are so cool!) One of the NC English/Language Arts standards is CCR Anchor Standard RL.3 –Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. So for one activity, I would use this book as a read aloud to the class and then have my students create character charts highlighting events that happened, how she reacted, how she changed over the story, how her accomplishments affected technology today, and any other things they thought were important from the story. Another Activity from this book would be to read another Biography with a strong female lead and have students compare and contrast their lives, accomplishments, and then write a reflection on how they developed as characters over the course of the text.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1... Each time I learn about a new woman in history that made such a tremendous contribution yet is a name I didn’t know, I am flabbergasted by the lack HERstory in HIStory. Grace Hopper is a phenomenal individual! I love how much her story promotes imagination and STEM. Her stories of rebuilding clocks and building a doll house from blueprints with an elevator shows how building a strong mathematical and scientific mind begins Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1... Each time I learn about a new woman in history that made such a tremendous contribution yet is a name I didn’t know, I am flabbergasted by the lack HERstory in HIStory. Grace Hopper is a phenomenal individual! I love how much her story promotes imagination and STEM. Her stories of rebuilding clocks and building a doll house from blueprints with an elevator shows how building a strong mathematical and scientific mind begins from youth, and it is all about teaching kids to mess around, use their imagination, tinker, and learn through trying. Wallmark’s biography of Grace Hopper does a beautiful job of combining a message of rebellion (in the name of science), creativity, imagination, and education with Grace’s biography. In addition to the narrative, Wu’s illustrations and formatting of the novel adds humanity and color to her story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    How do you write a picture book biography about a woman pioneer in a complicated job whose contributions may be hard even for adults to fully understand? Laurie Wallmark has figured that daunting task out wonderfully. What she does is give young readers a real sense of Hopper's personality and the traits that made her excel. Her achievements are stated simply but even if kids are vague on things like coding and programming, they will understand that Hopper made important contributions in the com How do you write a picture book biography about a woman pioneer in a complicated job whose contributions may be hard even for adults to fully understand? Laurie Wallmark has figured that daunting task out wonderfully. What she does is give young readers a real sense of Hopper's personality and the traits that made her excel. Her achievements are stated simply but even if kids are vague on things like coding and programming, they will understand that Hopper made important contributions in the computer field. Stories about the first computer bug, Hopper's fondness for practical jokes and taking clocks apart bring her spirit to lively life for kids. Katie Wu's digital illustrations are lively and nicely reflect the breezy tone of the text. A charming and entertaining story about a truly admirable woman. I'm so glad to see this biography of Hopper for kids and equally glad that Wallmark did such a great job of introducing Amazing Grace to a generation of kids. Excellent back matter too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This is how you do it. No mention of burning the steak or neglecting her children - in fact we never even learn she was married until the timeline in the back. Instead, we learn about Grace's accomplishments: joining the Navy at age 36, inventing modular coding, developing FLOW-MATIC (the basis for COBOL). And with peppy, punchy art that mimics Grace's crisp but humorous demeanor ("Faithfulness in all things my motto is you see: The world will be a better place when all agree with me."). This is how you do it. No mention of burning the steak or neglecting her children - in fact we never even learn she was married until the timeline in the back. Instead, we learn about Grace's accomplishments: joining the Navy at age 36, inventing modular coding, developing FLOW-MATIC (the basis for COBOL). And with peppy, punchy art that mimics Grace's crisp but humorous demeanor ("Faithfulness in all things my motto is you see: The world will be a better place when all agree with me.").

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Fantastic picture biography of legendary scientist, Grace Hopper. Visually stunning.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Great book for STEAM.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Great STEM biography about an amazing woman!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a biography of Grace Hopper, “the woman who revolutionized computer coding.” Born in 1906, Grace spent her childhood tinkering with gadgets, doing experiments, and studying math and science. When she ran into obstacles, such as the need for mastery of Latin to enter college, she just worked harder until she succeeded. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with honors in math and physics. She went on to Yale, graduating with an MA and then PhD in math. She got a job teaching mat This is a biography of Grace Hopper, “the woman who revolutionized computer coding.” Born in 1906, Grace spent her childhood tinkering with gadgets, doing experiments, and studying math and science. When she ran into obstacles, such as the need for mastery of Latin to enter college, she just worked harder until she succeeded. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with honors in math and physics. She went on to Yale, graduating with an MA and then PhD in math. She got a job teaching math at Vassar. Then the war came, and Grace enlisted in the Navy. There she was assigned to write programs for some of the first computers ever built. Famously, in one incident when a computer stopped working, she didn’t give up until she found what was wrong: it was a moth trapped inside and blocking a switch. She wrote in her logbook, “First actual case of [a computer] bug being found.” Ever since then, computer glitches have been called “bugs.” Grace also invented programs to enable people to program without learning computer language. Her program let people use commands like “multiply” and the word would automatically be translated into computer language. This of course made computer work much easier: “With the help of Grace’s program, she and her coworkers were able to write code more quickly and with fewer errors.” The Navy tried to force Grace into retirement when she turned sixty, but “within a few months they realized their mistake and asked her to return for a short, six-month assignment. This short assignment lasted for twenty years.” Grace, having attained the rank of admiral, retired from the Navy at age eighty. She died in 1992 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. At the end of the book, the author includes “Grace’s Timeline,” a selected bibliography, a delineation of Grace’s many honors, and a selection of additional reading about other women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Katy Wu’s bright illustrations employ an appealing cartoon style, and incorporate some of Grace’s own quotes in large font. Evaluation: It’s wonderful to see so many new picture books highlighting the achievements of outstanding women. This one includes the dedication “For my mother, who has always supported me, and for the women who strive to make the future a better place for young girls everywhere.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    Grace Hopper is a woman after my heart. I knew that before reading this because "Amazing Grace" is a twentieth century wonder woman whose honors had been in the news during my lifetime, unlike some of Wallmark's other WOMEN IN STEM from further back in history. Grace had me hooked from the first pages when she disassembled household clocks to figure out what goes where and what makes clocks work. Her personality shines through page after page of puzzling, tinkering, doodling, short-cut seeking, j Grace Hopper is a woman after my heart. I knew that before reading this because "Amazing Grace" is a twentieth century wonder woman whose honors had been in the news during my lifetime, unlike some of Wallmark's other WOMEN IN STEM from further back in history. Grace had me hooked from the first pages when she disassembled household clocks to figure out what goes where and what makes clocks work. Her personality shines through page after page of puzzling, tinkering, doodling, short-cut seeking, joking, persuading, persisting, and breaking gender barriers. As in other titles from Wallmark's series, specific quotations by Grace appear throughout the text, seasoning scenes with wry humor and self-effacing quips in her own voice. She remained a driven, down-to-earth, supportive and systematic educator, mentor, and innovator, always pushing herself to view challenges from an unusual angle, and then moving on to the next challenge that arose behind her latest solution. Back matter is worthy reading in itself, including the kid-friendly timeline, a litany of Grace's lifetime awards and honors, and Wallmark's recommendations of other readings about impressive women in math, science, and innovation. In the main text, this supplemental content, and Katy Wu's lively, tongue-in-cheek illustrations, Grace comes to life on the pages of the book. I was eager to read more about Hopper, and this deeply researched account is filled with "grace" and humor. I vividly recall watching an evening news tribute to Grace Hopper on the occasion of her SECOND retirement from the US Navy at the age of eighty. That news profile recounted her seminal role in computer coding, in war service, and in top secret programming to save lives and defend our nation. During that short news segment this tiny, wiry woman looked as if she could still take on anything that a war or computer or even a "bug" could send her way. After reading this biography I feel as if I had an opportunity to meet her, and I'm eager to introduce her to kids everywhere, especially to girls.

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