Counting on Katherine
The story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the book and film Hidden Figures.You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Counting on Katherine Details

TitleCounting on Katherine
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 19th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-139781250137524
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, History, Science, Nonfiction, Mathematics, Space, Middle Grade, Juvenile

Counting on Katherine Review

  • LauraW
    January 1, 1970
    This is Hidden Figures for the younger set and is well worth its while. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but I think this book is even better at giving a coherent picture of how Katherine Johnson did what she did. If there is any critique I would make about the book, it would be that it doesn't make quite a big enough point about both the sexism and racism that she faced. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend it.
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  • Desiree Sotomayor
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the flow of this one & design. Everyone's heard of Apollo 13, although Katherine Johnson is probably someone not too many folks know, which needs to change!
  • Karen Upper
    January 1, 1970
    What a brilliant, approachable story! the author's succinct phrasing coupled with the fabulous illustrations by Dow Phumiruk are a perfect pairing in allowing young readers to grasp the momentous importance of this woman! Not only did she open the door for Afro-American women, but for all women in the workplace! What an empowering narrative! Thank you for gifting young readers with empowerment! Kudos!๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸHighly recommended for elementary school and public libraries!
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  • Mireille Messier
    January 1, 1970
    A passion for numbers and a strong will to persevere in the face of seemingly impossible hurdles are what make the story of mathematician Katherine Johnson such a compelling biography. Author Helaine Becker really knocks it out of the park with a clear, concise and kid-friendly retelling of Katherine Johnson's fascinating life. Clever math-filled illustrations by Dow Phumiruk are the icing on the cake. An absolute must for every household and elementary classroom!
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Having loved the film Hidden Figures enough to have bought the book that tells the story of Katherine Johnson's involvement in the space race, I was thrilled to find this picture book. Since it covers some of the similar territory from the film and then goes even further, readers will be immersed in the world of numbers and calculations so loved by Katherine even from a young age. Not only does the book tell about her formative years and her schooling but her job as a computer at NASA. Eventuall Having loved the film Hidden Figures enough to have bought the book that tells the story of Katherine Johnson's involvement in the space race, I was thrilled to find this picture book. Since it covers some of the similar territory from the film and then goes even further, readers will be immersed in the world of numbers and calculations so loved by Katherine even from a young age. Not only does the book tell about her formative years and her schooling but her job as a computer at NASA. Eventually, of course, it would be her calculations that would guide the space craft Apollo XIII homeward when it experienced problems while in flight. Created digitally with Adobe Photoshop and watercolor and texture scans, the illustrations are filled with mathematical formulas and equations that come to life through the artist's hands. I am thrilled to see this woman receive so much well-deserved attention and be able to share this book with my students since Katherine Johnson clearly broke barriers. I do agree with another reviewer who suggested that the sexism and racism she faced were touched on rather lightly, and it might have been valuable for young readers to learn more about how she dealt with them. Still, her achievements stand on their own merit, and this is a wonderful book for a collection about mathematicians and ground-breakers.
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of this delightful picture book and am so glad I got to read it! The author does a wonderful job engaging young readers from page one regarding one of the "Hidden Figures" behind the scenes during the US space travel era. It's a great introduction to the math and science involved in space flight and how one woman - Katherine Johnson - brought astronauts safely back home from their orbits around the earth. An excellent and entertaining addition to STEM curriculum in the classro I was given an ARC of this delightful picture book and am so glad I got to read it! The author does a wonderful job engaging young readers from page one regarding one of the "Hidden Figures" behind the scenes during the US space travel era. It's a great introduction to the math and science involved in space flight and how one woman - Katherine Johnson - brought astronauts safely back home from their orbits around the earth. An excellent and entertaining addition to STEM curriculum in the classroom.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This awesome picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, a research mathematician who was an instrumental part of our country's space program during the race to the moon. Johnson was a bright little girl who overcame obstacles such as gender and race discrimination in order to become a prominent mathematician at NASA. Beautifully illustrated and engaging narrative text, along with more information in an author's note, make this a nice nonfiction resource to add to your This awesome picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, a research mathematician who was an instrumental part of our country's space program during the race to the moon. Johnson was a bright little girl who overcame obstacles such as gender and race discrimination in order to become a prominent mathematician at NASA. Beautifully illustrated and engaging narrative text, along with more information in an author's note, make this a nice nonfiction resource to add to your bookshelf. This could also be a great starting point for further research for young students.
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  • The Bookies Bookstore
    January 1, 1970
    "The magnificent true story of Katherine Johnson. She was made famous by the film HIDDEN FIGURES, but her story starts much earlier. The book is full of inspiration, facts and wonderful artwork. It presents a truth that we need more than ever-you can overcome anything, any odds, if you work hard enough and do not accept the limitations put on you before you are ever born."-Bookie Luke
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  • Lisa Day
    January 1, 1970
    What a great book about an amazing person whose story should be shared far and wide. I interviewed Helaine Becker on Book Time about Counting on Katherine, about Katherine Johnson, a woman who helped bring Apollo 13 home.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Biography of Katherine Johnson for young to middle grade readers.The illustrations support the text and pull the reader into the her life story.Takes us from childhood to after Apollo 13.
  • Cassaundra
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very informative picture book for upper elementary children!
  • Lorie Barber
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the biography highlighting Katherine Johnsonโ€™s optimism and perseverance, and how it was so beautifully supported by the illustrations.
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