Ada's Ideas

The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer

A compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art!

By Fiona Robinson Illustrated by Fiona Robinson Read by Rosalyn Landor Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction / Computers & Internet / Science English 16m Sell Sheet
Format Release Date List Price Your Price ISBN
1 Video DVD November 22, 2016 $38.99 $38.99 9781520049540 Add to Cart
									Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

"...clearly conveys Lovelace’s constricted upbringing, her intellectual brilliance, and her pleasure in applying her mind to a complex challenge." - Booklist

"Colored and cut paper collage, with design elements stacked for depth and then photographed, underscore the theme of creativity expressed through numbers." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"For visual learners, the illustrations lend the story a rhythmic movement that allows readers to better imagine the chugging of Lovelace's Analytical Engine. The paper-doll appearance of the cast of characters evokes a sense of play around an otherwise dense subject. The text's lilting quality will stick with aural learners long after the book is over...Robinson celebrates Lovelace for her powerful analytical mind in spite of an overbearing mother, an absent father, and a restrictive social position...VERDICT A fascinating and uplifting STEAM selection, highly recommended for biography collections." - School Library Journal

"Narrator Rosalyn Landor's gentle British inflection brings authenticity to the story of Ada Lovelace..." - AudioFile

"Robinson's three-dimensional colored and cut-paper collages are stunning...Background stringed instrument music and sound effects set an elegant mood." - Booklist, video review