Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace: Review
I love Ada Lovelace. When I saw that Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace was being released I pre-ordered it straight away.
Who was Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is often referred to as the first ever computer programmer. As a child her mother pushed her to learn about maths, which was unusal for a girl at that time. As a child she was also fascinated with flying machines. When she was 17 she met the inventor Charles Babbage, when he was building a large calculator. Together they worked on plans for a new machine – Ada wrote the code that told the machine what to do – the first ever computer program.
Little People, Big Dreams
If you’re not familiar with the Little People, Big Dreams book series, it’s a series that tells the stories of amazing women from history aimed at children aged 5-8 years. Other women featured in the series are Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou – there are some pretty awesome women in the series.
So yeah it’s a bit old for Ragamuffin, but I couldn’t help myself. Being a computer programmer myself (not that I bang on about it) Ada Lovelace is one of my favourite women from history.
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Like I mentioned before, this book is aimed at an older audience than Ragamuffin, and much to my dismay she really wasn’t fussed about reading it. It’s very different to all the other books she has. Even though she does have some aimed at older readers like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the covers and pictures have really bright colours, which this hasn’t.
Personally, I like the cover and the colours used throughout the book, but I can see why it might not appeal to a 3 year old. It uses a lot of pastel colours, and some of the pictures are quite dark too, but I think they really suit the tone of the book and the message it’s trying to get across.
I think that this would be a great book for first readers. The story is aimed at children aged 5-8 and I think the language used is spot on. The story of Ada Lovelace is told in an easy to understand way. What I really like is the way that the pictures show Ada thinking. Sometimes they show cogs in her head and other times you see numbers in thought bubbles.
At the back of the book is a more detailed biography of Ada and some portraits of her. The tone of these pages are a bit more factual, but still written at a level that kids can understand.
Little People, Big Dreams Ada Lovelace is a great little book. Regular readers will know that I think it’s shocking just how little women’s history is taught these days. But books like this one and the other ones in the Little People, Big Dreams series will, hopefully, go a long way to fixing that.
It’s probably not a book your toddler would take to, and I think the advertised age range of 5-8 is about right. I like that it tells the story of Ada Lovelace as a story, but then has a more factual section at the back to, with pictures of what she really looked like.
I’ve already got my eye on a few of the other books in this series to put away for Ragamuffin when she’s a bit older.
Have you read this or any of the other stories in the Little People, Big Dreams series? What do you think about them?
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