- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Series: Little People, Big Dreams
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Lincoln Children's Books (March 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786030764
- ISBN-13: 978-1786030764
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ada Lovelace (Little People, Big Dreams) Hardcover – March 1, 2018
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Ada Lovelace (Little People, Big Dreams)
Left alone, Ada’s imagination took flight. She started to dream of machines with wings that could move in any direction.
Mr Babbage told Ada he was building a big machine that could add together sums – called a calculator.
She wrote a code made up of numbers, that would tell the calculator what to do.
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Mª ISABEL SÃNCHEZ VERGARA, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.
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She was introduced to Charles Babbage who was working on a machine that could solve maths equations quicker than people could. Ada thought she could make the machine do even more impressive things and so she worked on a code that would tell machines what to do, a code we still use today.
To say Ada was a visionary is an understatement. She became the world’s first computer programmer a century before computers were even invented!
Despite obstacles including illness and simply being a woman in the 1800’s, Ada proved that with determination and hard work, she could achieve greatness in her field. She was so ahead of her time that her work went largely unnoticed and unappreciated during her life, yet her contributions are vital to our everyday lives over 150 years after her death.
If Ada has something to teach us besides girl power, it’s that you should follow your dreams and not allow anyone to squish them.
This is only the second book I’ve read in the Little People, Big Dreams series. There’s enough information in them for kids to learn about the basics of the person they’re reading about’s life and their contributions to our society but not so much that they’re bogged down with dates and boring bits.
The illustrations are interesting and have a childlike quality to them but I would have preferred there to be more bright colours and for the peoples’ faces to be more expressive.
While I would have used books like this one for school projects, it wouldn’t have been the type of book I would have chosen at the library to read for fun. I was all about Roald Dahl with his wacky and whimsy worlds and cared little for non fiction, but that’s just me. I definitely appreciate this type of book now and can see how it would have inspired me to want to follow my dreams had I read it as a child.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens for the opportunity to read this book.
Ada, at the age of fourteen, becomes quite ill and is bed-ridden for three long years. Although her body is frail and sickly her mind flourishes as she studies, invents and dreams.
After a while Ada travels to London where she encounters a very famous mathematician named Charles Babbage. Together they mesh their intellect and create something totally magically for the times... the calculator. Ada uses her creative mind and pushes the envelope farther to embellish what it can do. The original calculator is only capable of doing sums quickly and Ada knows that she can make it do even more amazing things. She actually writes a code made up of numbers, that will tell the calculator what to do. It is the first computer language known and some of it is still in use to this very today.
"She showed that when you use science and imagination, your dreams can take flight."
The illustrations enhance and enrich the narrative and the educational facts that the author includes at the end of the book are truly fascinating to read.
This series is a wonderful role model for young girls as they read about empowered, normal women who make huge contributions and change the world in a positive way. The stories are simply told and the series is a best-seller. The books truly are a celebration of women hood and are now available in board book format for young readers to enjoy.
You never know who you are raising in your home or who you are teaching in your classroom. You just might be nurturing someone who will impact the world in a very dynamic way! I highly, highly recommend this book and the entire series.
Ada Lovelace had a mother who loved mathematics and a father who loved poetry. When her father left when Ada was little, Ada spent time with her grandparents and their cat. Ada had a good imagination, which she later learned with Charles Babbage working on a Difference Engine. What Ada did on the machine led to what we do with computers today.
There is a little more detail given in the back of the book along with some portraits of Ada. The illustrations are really good as is the text. Not too dense and of interest to young readers. I don't know if this will spark interest in young readers, but I enjoyed this book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.