Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13. Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps to the road. The steps up to church. The number of dishes and spoons she washed in the bright white sink. The only thing she didn't count were the stars in the sky. Only a fool, she thought, would try that! Even so the stars sparked her imagination. What was out there?

Premise/plot: Counting on Katherine is a picture book biography of Katherine Johnson. Part of Johnson's story was told in the adult biography Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Hidden Figures also tells the story of other human computers, women who worked alongside Katherine Johnson. This is the book that inspired the film of the same name.) Both the movie and book were fabulous. It isn't a surprise that someone would want to adapt the story for a younger audience. It is a WONDERFUL story.

My thoughts: I really loved this one. The narrative is lovely. The illustrations are just as lovely. It's a compelling story and one that could inspire readers of all ages.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 10 out of 10

© 2018 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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