Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe | SLJ Review

Gr 1-3 –An illuminating look into the life and work of Sophie Germain, a self-taught mathematician, who was the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences.

redstarBARDOE, Cheryl. Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain. illus. by Barbara McClintock. 40p. bibliog. further reading. Little, Brown. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316278201.

Gr 1-3 –An illuminating look into the life and work of Sophie Germain, a self-taught mathematician, who was the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. Bardoe’s prose injects the title refrain often as the story unfolds. Germain, who came of age during the French Revolution, studied math despite her parents’ wishes. Women were not allowed to attend university, but she secretly got notes from math classes and sent in homework using a male name. She worked for six years on a theorem to predict patterns of vibration, and experienced rejection at least twice before her work was accepted. The artwork—created with pen and ink, watercolor, and collage—is truly a sight to behold. McClintock depicts Germain’s inner thoughts, often numbers and equations, surrounding her and at times isolating her from others. This makes the penultimate spread of Germain’s prize-winning equation extending from her person and wrapping around the male scholars, even more triumphant in comparison. Extended back matter includes more about Germain’s life, recommendations for further research and activities, a selected bibliography, an author’s note, and an illustrator’s note. VERDICT Excellent illustrations elevate the inspiring prose, making it a highly recommended choice to the growing shelf of picture book biographies featuring women in STEM.–Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2018 issue.

Comments

P. Monte

Please please, please...in biography picture books allow some photos (if at all possible)or paintings of the person the biography is about and also samples of their actual work. Children who read picture books want to see"real" . Help

Posted : Mar 09, 2018 11:43


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