Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing — 17 Comments

  1. The Sky is the Limit…oh wait…the Moon & More! A thrilling story for kids to engage and learn along with Margaret. The book is filled cover to cover with facts-fun illustrations-constellations—–Authors Note and additional reading is a great reference as well. Every elementary classroom needs this book. 5 stars.

  2. I loved this book. I liked how it seemed comic bookish. I loved how it gave me goosebumps even though I knew that they landed on the moon. I especially loved the illustration and then the actual picture of Margaret standing next to the human height stack of books that was her actual code. I am not known for my historical knowledge and it was nice to hear about an event that I am fully aware but then got a chance to learn something new. I also enjoyed the page with all of the constellations. This book can be inspiring to all and I can see how it could spark interest in many areas: spacecraft, coding, astronomy, or just becoming the best at anything.

  3. I really enjoyed this book, Hidden Figures came to mind for me too as well as the Girl Power books. I would use this with my students for their Famous People Wax Museum project and could also use it during African American History month. This book can really show how far technology has come and what people could do when they put their mind to it. She persisted too! *****

  4. What a great book to inspire and empower young girls! I loved the simple story with so much extra background information that could be ignored for a fast read or studied to learn more about the topic. Illustrations were fun and text was simple, but informative. I especially loved the constellation pages.

  5. I really enjoyed this book. I often think nonfiction is difficult for young readers, but this book gave lots of great information in a format that would be easy for students to comprehend. I also loved that the main character is a women who shows the importance of hard work and asking questions. I can definitely see myself reading this to my class.
    5 stars

  6. In our electronic age, this book could so interesting for the kids….She had NO computer??!!! And she helped put man on the moon? It really IS an incredible story. I think it shows perseverance, the importance of math… 🙂 and how a girl CAN do it! I would use it in our study of the virtues with perseverance.

    4 stars

  7. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the strong female character as a mathematician, scientist and coder. I would use this book during Week of Code in early December when we are learning how to code. I think the students would be fascinated with the stack of papers that it took to program computers from long ago (I can remember righting code on cards and praying you didn’t drop the stack as you moved it to the computer!). I really like also how it highlighted how she put considerable effort into planning for all possible problems. The language is perfect for 2nd graders. I will also be recommending this book to our tech specialist for her classroom library!

  8. We do a yearly project on Inventors. I have girls do their reports on women inventors, and the boys do theirs on men inventors. The trouble with this is the sparse information on women inventors. I plan on relaxing the requirements to include scientists and inventors. This book will fit the bill perfectly. An excellent read with good background information in the Author’s Note. 5 Stars

  9. This book seemed like a great nonfiction book/biography to read at the second grade level. So many of the nonfiction picture books include so much information or are “too wordy” for second graders. I felt this book was just right. It gave an incredible amount of information, but did not bog down the reader. By asking questions, it hit on what second graders like best. I would definitely use this in our biography unit. It’s great having a book showing a real girl who is smart and gets into science and math. Of course, the author’s note and photos at the end made this book even better. It always irritates me when a nonfiction book only includes illustrations if there are photographs available.

  10. I really enjoyed this book. I love how she asks questions to solve problems. It is also very important for children to hear stories about women and their success. I would use this as a read aloud in the classroom and also leave it out for free reading. I would also ask students how they can help and support others dreams. I rate this book 5 stars.

  11. I liked this book. I would definitely like to read this to my class. I like how Margaret asked questions about many things and liked figuring out problems. Students can be inspired to work hard and not be afraid to work hard at achieving goals. This is another great person to study for our school’s history night. I rate this book a 5.

  12. I liked this book, because science and math are two of my favorite subjects. I like learning more about women in these fields. Especially, since I like being able to have more examples of female scientists and mathematicians to share with students. I would use this book during a non-fiction or biography unit. Possibly even part of a unit on space, because its a different perspective or side of space travel. I would recommend it for curriculum use because you can never have too many good non-fiction books to share with kiddos. I do think there are students who would enjoy this book, I think the illustrations would draw them in.

  13. I liked this book and appreciated learning more about another unsung female hero. I am sure that Margaret’s work was a lot more difficult than this book made it out to be as I’m sure she encountered all kinds sexism in the workplace especially considering the time frame and how uncommon it was for a woman to be in computer science. This is a great book for the curriculum for women’s history and STEM. It’s also just a good pleasure read. 5/5 stars

  14. When I first read this I thought about the movie Hidden Figures. Students will like reading it because it has a graphic-like look and uses all upper case letters. It could easily be used as a read aloud. Last year I used the book, She Persisted in my enrichment classes, cut did supplement with other stories of famous women in history This would be a great addition! I also liked the author’s note at the back of the book and the real life photos. The illustrations were tremendous along with thee extra though provoking questions.

  15. What a great text to use at the beginning of a unit on coding…talk about a real life application of what students will be doing! Another example of me learning something new from a book–I didn’t know anything about Margaret Hamilton before reading. I think this would be a great book to pair with footage from the lunar landing, or even another account of the lunar landing. We so often hear about the moon walk, but not about the background story explaining that it almost didn’t happen. This could also be used to support PBIS teaching on preparedness, or determination. I appreciate that they included actual photographs of Margaret, as I feel like that helps students truly internalize that this is about a real person who lived.
    4.5 stars

  16. I enjoyed this book. It shows perseverance and a desire to find answers to questions, along with being the first in an unknown field of software engineer.
    After a few weeks of school, subject matter changes from some review to new concepts. This would be when I would read the book and compare it to a new lesson. An activity may be for students to research an answer to to a particular problem. This could be done individually or as a cooperative project.
    I liked the added facts in the book – miles the moon goes around Earth, how fast does the moon travel, how far away is it,etc.
    Her father encouraged Margaret to pursue her dreams, Even at a time opportunities were limited for girls in science or math careers.
    I loved the illustrations and the photos of Margaret inside the back cover were an added bonus. ****

  17. I really like how this book shows determination by Margaret. I see this book being used at the beginning of the year to explain how hard work, asking questions & not giving up leads to great things. I would use this whole group and in self read. I give this book 4 stars.

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