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Ada Lovelace: My First Ada Lovelace (Little People, BIG DREAMS) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings
ISBN:1786032597
LANGUAGE:English

"Very short and sweet, but a great children's book nonetheless. This very short picture book tells the story of Ada Lovelace, 19th-century mathematician and daughter of famous Lord Byron. In spite of her famous parent, Ada is a force of nature in her own right and a perfect choice for a series focusing on inspirational women of history. Women in science during the 18th and 19th centuries is a particularly interest of mine and so I'm particularly happy to see her included. The illustration is absolutely divine; imitating that of a child with style and beauty. The colour scheme is perfect and the short sentences accurately encapsulated the visuals on the page. This would be great as a bedtime book to read aloud to (or with) children and it even has a slightly more detailed bio towards the back if the parent wishes to dig a little deeper." said.

"5 stars for this children's biography of Ada Lovelace.

This is a very good concise children's biography of Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the world's first computer programmer. Ada's life and achievements are told simply and clearly, and I like that there is an emphasis on the importance of 'dreaming' and cultivating the imagination as well as recognition of her studies and hard work. The illustration by Zafouko Yamamoto is delightful, and the presence of the cat Mrs Puff throughout the story is a lovely touch.

I really appreciate that the book ends with a two-page synopsis of Ada Lovelace's life together with four photographs. Plus there is a section giving suggestions for further reading. I like this evidence of how well the book has been thought out, and I look forward to exploring more books in the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series.

I received this ebook free from NatGalley in return for an honest review.
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"This is an excerpt of a review that was originally published on my website: Miss Jenny's Classroom

This is the story of a woman many have never heard of – Ada Lovelace. Ada, daughter of Lord Byron, dreams of things people have never heard of and embraces reading and mathematics. As she gets older she falls ill with the measles but recovers to meet Charles Babbage. She uses her love of mathematics to create the coding to make a calculator work but it becomes the first stepping stone on the path to the very first computer.

I admit it – I saw the cover and thought “Hmm, not liking the cover”! It’s a given that on so many occasions we do judge a book by its cover and on this occasion I’m glad I read the book anyway! I honestly thought that this was going to be another biography with too many details, not enough engagement – and dare I say I thought the illustration on the cover was odd. As I started reading the book though, with the little knowledge I had about Ada, I begin to actually like the quirkiness of the illustrations – they were fun, engaging (gotta love the cat!)

This is a great book on many levels for classroom use.
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"This is a wonderful and informative children's book about Ada Lovelace, the woman who came up with the process of computer coding. As a child, Ada was fascinated by the ideas of interesting inventions. As the daughter of a mother that was interested in mathematics, she was encouraged to learn math. The combination of her developing math skills and inventive ideas helped her as she worked alongside mathematician Charles Babbage, who was in the process of creating the calculator. Ada Lovelace then used mathematics to teach the machine how to do other things as well. This is a wonderful story that shares the story of an inspirational lady, a woman largely responsible for the beginning ideas on how to program computers, which helped facilitate the development of the computers we use today. I look forward to sharing this remarkable story with my daughters! This book would be a wonderful addition to any library!
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review an advanced reader's copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for my honest review.
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" This was beautiful! The illustration style is gorgeous and I actually would love to own copies of these books to read to my son when he's a little older. (Read 25th January 2018 but it's so short I'm not sure whether it should count towards my reading goal...) " said.

"I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher -
Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
Meet Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician, and daughter of poet Lord Byron. From her early love of logic to her plans for the world's first computer program, learn about Ada's life in this mini-biography for readers as young as four years. This inspiring story of her life features a facts and photos section at the back.

As a librarian, I insist on learning something new every day --- I had ZERO IDEA that Ada Lovelace was Lord Byron's daughter. I was shocked! A dreamer and a romantic like her father, her mother made her concentrate on math and logic - and she was great at it and we can thank her for many things, including using her inventive side to create the calculator as we know it now.
I loved the illustrations and the story - what a great book to get girls interested in STEM!
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" Just stop it Little People. There is no reason to take an already good book and simplify it even more for board book form. You could just print the entire book in board book form. When you do this it makes the story to simple to really tell anything about the person highlighted. Ava Lovelace wrote the first computer code. We get it. But the original book did such a better job. " said.

" Was a cute read. I like how it's historical and educational. I like the raw illustrations as well. Beautiful artwork. Will be passing onto my niece to enjoy. " said.

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