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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Kindle Edition
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* “Johnson artfully weaves in the heart of how African American communities have survived and advanced—through "self-help and sacrificing" for the next generation. Her writing style is comfortable and conversational, like a visit over tea that you wish would never end. From a long-lived American legend, this rich volume is a national treasure.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review )
* “Johnson’s story is captivating, informative, and inspiring. She neatly and accurately weaves in significant historical events that had profound effects on our country and the African American community, including the murder of Emmett Till, lunch counter sit-ins, and school integration. Larger ideas such as white supremacy are broken down with ease for younger readers. . . . Johnson’s story is easy to follow and hard to put down. Highly recommended for purchase in any school library.” (School Library Journal, starred review )
“[Johnson’s] loose narrative style feels conversational, which will draw in readers, and an interesting afterword compares the movie Hidden Figures to her actual experience. . . . Kids will be excited to learn more about her journey.” (Booklist )
“Alternately warmly personal and coolly observant, Johnson is always clear in her explanations. Black-and-white photos illustrate this highly accessible memoir by a groundbreaking woman.” (Publishers Weekly )
“In this most authentic, highly personal account, Katherine writes her own story at the age of 100! . . . Katherine’s intelligent, softly confident voice helps readers get to know her personally. Johnson makes her own story available for tweens, hoping to inspire the next generation to always do their best.” (School Library Connection )
About the Author
- File size : 15718 KB
- Publication date : July 2, 2019
- Print length : 256 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 2, 2019)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B07M8DPGYL
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #168,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One paragraph really bothered me. It is inaccurate, but Mrs. Johnson is over 100 years old. At the time of Pearl Harbor, she was a young mother living in West Virginia. Maybe this means more (to me) because I lived in Pearl City when I was very young.
"On December 7, 1941, Japanese kamikazi fighter planes , dive bombers, and torpedo bombers attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The Japanese destroyed or damaged three Navy cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and a minelayer, leading our nation into World War II. One hundred eighty-eight US aircraft were destroyed.”
1) There weren't kamikazi pilots at this point in the conflict/war.
2) What about the 4 battleships that were sunk and the 4 that were badly damaged? (Battleships are bigger than cruisers and cruisers are bigger than destroyers)
3) According to Wikipedia, not the best source but quick, 188 planes were destroyed and 159 were damaged. There were an additional 3 ships destroyed or damaged.
4) I felt she should have mentioned how lucky we were that the carriers (fleet carriers are bigger than battleships) were at sea when the attack happened so we were able to fight back.
Minor - but it took me out of the mood.
Still a book I would recommend with the understanding that you are going to have to have a discussion with the children reading it.
Don't let the age rating keep you from ordering it. After reading it, I felt like I had a personal conversation with the author.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is written with a younger audience in mind and is a bit 'easy going', almost like a diary . . yeah, an autobiography.
I expected more, but still a half decent read.