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The Resource Counting the stars, Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by Raúl Colón

Counting the stars, Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by Raúl Colón

Label
Counting the stars
Title
Counting the stars
Statement of responsibility
Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by Raúl Colón
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The story of Katherine Johnson, an African American mathematician whose work was critical to the first US space flight"--
Storyline
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Cline-Ransome’s picture book biography pays tribute to African-American math prodigy Katherine Johnson, who soared past societal barriers to become one of NASA’s celebrated human computers. In long text blocks, the narrative underlines Johnson’s mathematical prowess and natural inquisitiveness (“Why? What? How?”), focusing on her early life (counting stars, skipping grades, earning a full college scholarship at 15), marriage and parenthood, and her career at Langley (early assignments, work amid the space race, persuading higher-ups that she should attend meetings) up through calculating the trajectory of astronaut John Glenn’s 1962 Earth orbit. Colón’s trademark illustrations, with their combed-through textures, set Johnson apart visually; her rainbow-hued dresses radiate alongside her white male colleagues’ white apparel. An author’s note concludes this handsomely illustrated book about a Hidden Figures standout. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/26/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 34, p)
  • This biography of renowned mathematician Katherine Johnson featuring illustrations by Colón aims for elementary-age readers. Cline-Ransome (Finding Langston, 2018, etc.) traces Johnson's love of math, curiosity about the world, and studiousness from her early entry to school through her help sending a man into space as a human computer at NASA. The text is detailed and lengthy, between one and four paragraphs of fairly small text on each spread. Many biographies of black achievers during segregation focus on society's limits and the subject's determination to reach beyond them. This book takes a subtler approach, mentioning segregation only once (at her new work assignment, "she ignored the stares and the COLORED GIRLS signs on the bathroom door and the segregated cafeteria") and the glass ceiling for women twice in a factual tone as potential obstacles that did not stop Johnson. Her work is described in the context of the space race, which helps to clarify the importance of her role. Colón's signature soft, textured illustrations evoke the time period and Johnson's feeling of wonder about the world, expressed in the refrain, "Why? What? How?" The text moves slowly and demands a fairly high comprehension level (e.g., "it was the job of these women computers to double-check the engineers' data, develop complex equations, and analyze the numbers"). An author's note repeats much of the text, adding quotes from Johnson and more details about her more recent recognition. A detail-rich picture book best for readers who enjoy nonfiction and are interested in history or science. (Picture book/biography. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2019)
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10816848
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Dewey number
  • 510.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 004-008
  • K to grade 3
LC call number
QA29.J64
LC item number
C55 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Colón, Raúl
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Johnson, Katherine G.
  • United States
  • African American women mathematicians
  • Women mathematicians
  • African American women
  • Johnson, Katherine G
  • United States
  • African American women
  • Women mathematicians
Target audience
primary
Label
Counting the stars, Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by Raúl Colón
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2018039827
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534404755
Lccn
2018039827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050142673
Label
Counting the stars, Lesa Cline-Ransome ; illustrated by Raúl Colón
Publication
Note
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
2018039827
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781534404755
Lccn
2018039827
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050142673

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