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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.
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 *