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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Hardcover – Picture Book, January 16, 2018
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“An important story to tell about four heroines, one that will lead young readers to the longer, more-nuanced coverage available when they are ready.” -- Kirkus Reviews
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (January 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062742469
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062742469
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 980L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.2 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a perfect picture book version of a complex and compelling story. The authors do a fine job of capturing the times in which these future pioneers grew up, facing discrimination both because of their race and their gender. We see their brilliance and their perseverance. The science is beautifully explained for younger kids. The illustrations are very relatable. Several copies of both the picture book and the middle grade books versions belong in every elementary school! First through third grade teachers should read it aloud and discuss it! I would give this 10 stars if I could!
By Noel Dominique on May 17, 2018
The rallying cry of this story is that these women were incredibly competent and skilled, and they refused to take no for an answer. They were persistent, and didn't let anyone discourage them from doing what they want to do. I like the repetition in here, which works for a kids' book, because it really drives home the point that children-- especially girls-- should love themselves for what they do, and need to feel comfortable seeking out opportunities for themselves if nobody is going to go to bad for them.
I hope this book gets put in tons of schools, because it's very empowering and it celebrates women of color in STEM, which I think is wonderful. The illustrations are great, the message is powerful, and it takes an adult work of nonfiction and makes it accessible for young kids while formulating that message in a way that makes it easy for children to apply it to themselves.
4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars