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Counting on Katherine By Helaine Becker

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker

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The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.

Counting on Katherine Summary

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon by Helaine Becker

Winner of the information book category of the UKLA Book Awards 2020.

Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger.


As a child, Katherine 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 maths, about the universe . . .

Helaine Becker interviewed Katherine and her family for this authorized biography. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s, saving lives and making enormous contributions to history. Featuring Dow Phumiruk's gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout.

Counting on Katherine Reviews

A picture-book biography of a humble genius who excelled in a career once out of reach for most African-Americans. An excellent biography that will inspire young readers, especially girls, to do what they love * Kirkus, starred review *
Children who want to share in the Hidden Figures buzz can start right here . . . Phumiruk's digital artwork convincingly portrays Johnson as brainy and imaginative. This title is ready made for My Hero biography reports. * The Bulletin *
The straightforward, informative text is paired with delicate, precise digital artwork . . . Very worthwhile book. * Booklist *
Featuring engaging text and captivating illustrations, this picture book introduces the amazing life of mathematician Katherine Johnson to young readers. Sure to inspire a new generation of mathematicians. A solid addition to biography collections. * School Library Journal *
Phumiruk works in a crisp, uncluttered art style, infusing emotionality into more private moments of reflection. * Publishers Weekly *
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who's work helped send men to the moon. At the time, people didn't expect much from African-American women, but her ground-breakingwork proved them all wrong * Shout Magazine *

About Helaine Becker

Helaine Becker has written over seventy books. She attended high school in New York before graduating from Duke University. She is married with two sons and is an active swimmer, runner and cyclist, as well as being a compulsive read-aholic. She has an orange belt in karate and is contemplating going for her grapefruit belt. Her award-winning non-fiction includes Counting on Katherine, Worms for Breakfast and Zoobots, and she has written many picture books and young adult novels. She also writes for children's magazines and for children's television.

Dow Phumiruk trained to be a pediatrician, before finding her passion in children's book art. Her favourite subjects are children (especially girls) and animals. She lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her husband of over 2.5 decades, three artistic daughters, one dwarf rabbit, one hamster, one tiny frog, and a really cool bearded dragon named Sparkles. Dow also enjoys fast and furious sewing projects and limited hiking and biking.

Additional information

NGR9781529005615
9781529005615
1529005612
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon by Helaine Becker
New
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
20210415
40
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