Thursday, May 11, 2017

Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins - ESSENTIAL

Robbins, Dean Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton saved the first lunar landing, illustrated by Lucy Knisley.  PICTURE BOOK.  Knopf (Random), 2017.  $18.

Margaret’s head was full of questions and a yearning to learn, especially about the workings of the universe and space.  When she discovered computers, she taught herself to code and went to work for NASA.  Her coding skills were key to most of the Apollo missions and especially to the safe landing of Apollo 11.

Robbins’s picture book is a perfect combination of text and picture for a dynamic read aloud for elementary students.  It shows the not her growth in her field, but the important programming work she did on the Apollo missions.

EL (K-3), EL – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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