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Girl Code Revolution: Profiles and Projects to Inspire Coders

Lerner. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $27.99. ISBN 9781541596726.
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Gr 4-6–This guide spotlights computer coders and basic coding projects. Each short chapter begins with a profile of a woman who has contributed to the development and expansion of computer code, followed by two pages of a simple coding project. The projects teach basic coding, such as how to change the color of an image, move a drawing, or add emojis. Colorful pages with text boxes and bubbles are appealing. However, the text does not give nearly enough background information or instructional detail for readers to understand what they are doing. While the profiles provide some history, they do not explain the programming language used. JavaScript is named but not explained as the programming language (along with HTML and CSS) used to create web pages. Also, the instructional language assumes learners are equipped with prior math and computer knowledge, though the projects are for beginners. While there is a glossary, readers may still have questions. The source notes cite articles about the women profiled but do not provide resources for further coding study.
VERDICT This brief book offers a great concept but is lacking in thorough explanations and robust resources.

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