Girls will love this book, Boys Need this book!

Summary:

Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, aka Hedy Lamarr, came to the United States from Austria to be a film actress. Although she enjoyed acting, she also had a great love for science and would spend as much time as she could working on inventions. When she learned that US military operations could be at risk due to torpedo communications systems, she set out to solve the problem. This was during World War II. Together, Hedy and George Antheil created - and patented - a secure torpedo guidance system. The US Navy stamped it "secret," keeping the technology from the world. No one knew about Hedy's invention until many years later when it was declassified. 


Parent Perspective:
This was a fascinating read. I knew *of* Hedy Lamarr but really didn't know anything about her. Her story of being a young girl who loved arts, science, and technology is so timely and inspiring. The story focuses on Hedy's frequency hopping invention, but the illustrations identify other inventions she had designed. I am intrigued enough to use the author's partial bibliography and find more books about her. Highly recommended - and NOT just for girls.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will love learning that the technology they enjoy on their phones was invented in the 1940s by a woman. Hedy Lamarr's story will not only resonate with them, but will pique their interest in other topics.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. This is a picture book for fourth graders and older. Some of the scientific concepts may be confusing to younger readers.


Type of Book:
This picture book biography offers a snapshot of the inventions of actress Hedy Lamarr.
Educational Themes:

From technology and how things work to military history and old Hollywood, this biography will pique a reader's curiosity in many areas. Whatever area of questions your reader has, talk with a librarian about other books on the topic. Start with picture books, then grab illustrated chapter books.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This would be a nice gift for upper-elementary girls interested in science and arts.
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Title Hedy Lamarr's Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor
About

 People Who Shaped Our World, Book 4

Author Laurie Wallmark
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Katy Wu
ISBN 9781454926917
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Biography, History, Performing Arts, History - 1940s & 1950s, War
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