Grace Hopper

Queen of Computer Code

Sterling Children's Books

(pub. 5.16.2017)
48 pages

A True Tale with
A Cherry On Top   

A uthor: Laurie Wallmark
      and illustrator: Katy Wu

C haracter: Grace Hopper

 verview from the jacket flap: 

     "Meet Grace Hopper: the woman who revolutionized computer coding.
     An ace inventor, groundbreaker, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she coined the term 'computer bug" and developed the program that taught computers to recognize words and not just endless O's and 1's. GRACE HOPPER tells the inspirational story of this brilliant woman who had a passion for science and math and the firm belief that new solutions to problems were not found by those who said 'We've always done it this way.'

T antalizing taste:  "Maybe the problem wasn't in her program. Maybe it was in the computer....Grace and her team searched everywhere for the problem... The engineers were stumped. They had checked everything. What could be causing the problem?
     Then someone saw it - a moth was trapped inside, blocking a switch from working properly.
     One of the engineers borrowed Grace's eyebrow tweezers and removed the dead moth. The computer started up again with no problem....
     Ever since then, because of Grace's sense of humor, computer glitches have been called 'bugs'."  
and something more: I enjoyed learning about Grace Hopper's contribution to computer programing, including the wonderful anecdote about the origin of the term 'computer bug.' The back matter of the book states that "Grace would be especially delighted to know that the Google Doodle created in honor of what would have been her 107th birthday includes the infamous 'computer bug.'" 


Tara said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book - such an interesting woman!

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Tara,
Yes, I was fascinated reading the book and learning more about her. I think you'll enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheriee Weichel said...

This one is on my list to read. I loved this story about the origin of the term computer bug.

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Cheriee, Yes! I never knew the origin of the term -- and it's wonderful knowing that a female computer scientist was the origin.

Lauri Meyers said...

We enjoyed this book thoroughly in our house! The first real "bug" was such a literal moment of fascination. I was so pleasantly surprised with the way Laurie used such lyrical, lovely language to describe the science and discovery. Fabulous!!

Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

Hi Lauri,
Yes, I too think the writing captures the science and technological aspects in such a creative and accessible way. Thanks for stopping by!