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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Contributor(s): Shetterly, Margot Lee, Conkling, Winifred (Conductor), Freeman, Laura (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0062742469     ISBN-13: 9780062742469
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018

Annotation: Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women mathematicians; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African American women; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African American mathematicians; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Science & Technology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Mathematics
Dewey: 510.92/520973
LCCN: bl2017053052
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193339
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
With Winifred Cokling. A serviceable introduction to four African American women mathematicians who, despite discrimination, played vital roles for the U.S. in the 1960s space race. Although the illustrations are static, their rich, saturated colors provide interest. Shetterly's (author of the adult title, the basis for the movie) text barely scratches the surface of the women's stories, but she strives admirably to place their accomplishments within historical context. Timeline. Glos. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

K-Gr 2—Shetterly introduces young readers to the inspirational and groundbreaking stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, and their once-hidden contributions to science, aeronautics, and space exploration. Shetterly expertly puts these women's achievements in their historical context: segregation, blatant sexism and racism in the workplace, the civil rights movement, and the space race. Despite the challenges these women faced, they persisted, worked hard, and put a man on the moon. In this picture book take, the text, at times, reads a bit clinical and it's occasionally difficult to distinguish one woman's characteristics from another's while reading. This is remedied with the handy time line of short profiles in the back matter. Freeman's full-color illustrations are stunning and chock-full of details, incorporating diagrams, mathematical formulas, and space motifs throughout (including the women's clothing and jewelry), enhancing the whole book. VERDICT An essential purchase for elementary school and public libraries.—Megan Kilgallen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
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