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.
Helaine Becker has written over seventy books. 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.
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 *