Thursday, February 07, 2019

HIdden Figures

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race. Margo Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling. Illustrated by Laura Freeman. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math. Really good.

Premise/plot: This is a picture book adaptation of the story first told in an adult nonfiction book--Hidden Figures. It follows the lives of four human computers--Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. The focus being on their contribution to the space race and the challenges they faced as black women at a time when they would face discrimination for being black and for being female.

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved Hidden Figures. The book and movie were fabulous. I highly recommend both. I'm glad to see this story is being adapted for all ages and audiences. The illustrations are wonderful. The book received a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration in 2019.

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

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Alyssa Nelson said...

THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I'm going to have to buy a few copies for some friend's children. I also love that they're making this story widely accessible to all ages. The illustration does look fantastic. Great review!