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Counting on Katherine : how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13 / Helaine Becker ; illustrated by Dow Phumiruk.

Becker, Helaine, (author.). Phumiruk, Dow, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 20 of 20 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 5 of 5 copies available at Beaufort County Library System.

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0 current holds with 20 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Beaufort - Beaufort Branch J B JOHNSON (Text) 0530006132917 Juvenile Biography Collection Available -
Beaufort - Bluffton Branch J B JOHNSON (Text) 0530006106633 Juvenile Biography Collection Available -
Beaufort - Hilton Head Branch J B JOHNSON (Text) 0530006132926 Juvenile Biography Collection Available -
Beaufort - Lobeco Branch J B JOHNSON (Text) 0530006106624 Juvenile Biography Collection Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch J B JOHNSON (Text) 0530010865513 Juvenile Biography Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250137524
  • ISBN: 1250137527
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 5-9.
710L Lexile
Subject: Johnson, Katherine G. > Juvenile literature.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration > Officials and employees > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Mathematicians > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American women mathematicians > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women mathematicians > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
MATHEMATICS / General.
Genre: Picture books.
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Helaine Becker is the author of more than 70 award-winning books for children including You Can Read, Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo, Monster Science and Counting on Katherine. She loves science, books and ice cream, but not necessarily in that order.

Dow Phumiruk
is a general pediatrician with a passion for art. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three girls. When she is not teaching medical students or drawing, she can be found hiking on the trails near her home. Maya Lin is her picture book debut.


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