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Ada Lovelace (Little People Big Dreams): 10 Hardcover – 21 February 2018
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- Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's (21 February 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786030756
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786030757
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Dimensions : 24.7 x 1.1 x 20.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Strikingly illustrated, they’re superb first biographies for younger readers.”― The Huffington Post
'Sumptuously illustrated hardbacks, they take the life stories of famous women in history and retell them in a child-friendly way' ― Daily Mail
“The kind of books that adults will covet and collect as well… The language and structure is simple enough for young readers, while a biographical timeline at the end of each book offers greater historical complexity” ― Irish Times
“Brilliantly accessible and inspiring” ― Rhino Reads
“One children’s books series trying to fight back… by telling the inspiring stories of women who overcame adversity and made history by pursuing their childhood dreams." ― Toronto Star
“A QUIRKY kids biography series“― The Voice
The story of the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, should encourage the coders of the future. ― Bambino Goodies
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‘Strikingly illustrated, superb first biographies’ Huffington Post
Little girls with dreams become women with great vision. From designers and artists to scientists and engineers, all of the people in this trailblazing series went on to achieve incredible things. Yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream… Little People, Big Dreams is the original biography picture book series for young changemakers – a first library showing the true breadth of women’s achievement. Each book tells the childhood story of one of the world’s incredible female icons.
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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.