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This picture book autobiography reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research. Johnson's own narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother This picture book autobiography reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research. Johnson's own narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother's work and insights about how she illuminated their paths, including one daughter's fight for civil rights and another's journey to become a NASA mathematician herself. The narrative weaves together Johnson's personal story, her influence on her daughters' formative years, her and her daughters' fight for civil rights, and her lasting impact on NASA and space exploration.


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This picture book autobiography reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research. Johnson's own narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother This picture book autobiography reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research. Johnson's own narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother's work and insights about how she illuminated their paths, including one daughter's fight for civil rights and another's journey to become a NASA mathematician herself. The narrative weaves together Johnson's personal story, her influence on her daughters' formative years, her and her daughters' fight for civil rights, and her lasting impact on NASA and space exploration.

30 review for One Step Further: My Story of Math, the Moon, and a Lifelong Mission

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katelynne

    A well-delivered story with nice illustrations and first-person sources (like Johnson's photographs and report card). I love that she and her daughters collaborated on this one. A well-delivered story with nice illustrations and first-person sources (like Johnson's photographs and report card). I love that she and her daughters collaborated on this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Sommers

    This was a very well-delivered story, with a lot of good illustrations and photos to make the story connect with young readers. My daughter didn't even want to read it when I had her sit down with me to read, but she became absorbed in it, and really got into the details of all the photos and illustrations. It makes the reader aware of racial injustices, while also inspiring one to hold their self to high standards, to work hard, to overcome obstacles, and more than anything: to contribute to so This was a very well-delivered story, with a lot of good illustrations and photos to make the story connect with young readers. My daughter didn't even want to read it when I had her sit down with me to read, but she became absorbed in it, and really got into the details of all the photos and illustrations. It makes the reader aware of racial injustices, while also inspiring one to hold their self to high standards, to work hard, to overcome obstacles, and more than anything: to contribute to society in a positive way, and to keep improving one step more than before.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Nicely-presented and educational book that weaves Katherine Johnson's incredible story of helping NASA send humans into space along with what was happening in Johnson's own personal life and with society in general. Nicely-presented and educational book that weaves Katherine Johnson's incredible story of helping NASA send humans into space along with what was happening in Johnson's own personal life and with society in general.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tam Wallace

    Very well written, with great art, to introduce younger children to the story of Katherine Johnson, and to the difficulties that women of color fought against to do what they loved.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    I love how it included original photographs and focused on her daughters too.

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  29. 5 out of 5

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