Counting on Katherine : how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker / illustrated by: Dow Phumiruk [ARC]
Published by: Christy Ottaviano Books [Henry Holt & Co.] : c2018
Junior Library Guild Selection
As the information from the back of this book states, “Katherine Johnson is the extraordinary mathematician who calculated the flight path for NASA’s first Apollo moon landing”, but this exciting new story is so much more than a book just full of information! Author, Becker and illustrator Phumiruk are a wonderful team! Beautiful artwork provides the perfect accompaniment to the succinct sentences and together they paint a picture of an inquisitive, insatiable person whose boundless curiousity about the world her was never quenched.
“Counting on Katherine” is a brilliant read. Ms. Becker has skillfully woven a biographical narrative that is totally approachable to the reader. It is an empowering story for all girls, underlining that dreams can come true….to dream big and to keep chasing your dream. Persistence, courage and determination such as shown by Katherine Johnson allowed her to attain a goal that opened the door not only for women of colour, but for all women.
Thank you for gifting young readers with empowerment!
Highly recommended for all elementary school and public libraries as a ‘sophisticated picture book!
Also a movie tie-in: “Hidden Figures”