As someone who learned Basic on a computer the size of a desk, I find this book to be really an amazing thing — and a relief. Yes, it really is a toddler’s board book about computer programming. I think everyone behind this series is correct, and it really helps to relieve a lot of that stress over what and how coding works. The basis seems to be that exposing a child to basic concepts of programming at a very young age will prevent coding from ever seeming remote, obscure, or too complicated to embrace — even for (gasp!) girls.
The book breaks down specific tasks and events, repetitions, and if/then conditions in real life, into not just the story but actual code, too. It then describes how similar code effects our lives, like making a phone call to Grandma or controlling a toy robot. It’s actually quite charming, and funny, too. The illustrations are in a vintage style, slightly distressed, and are as cool as the books concept and story line. It asserts that someday the baby girl in the book (and the one you’re reading this to) will learn to code for themselves someday. With the help of books as great as this one, I’m quite certain they will!
I work as a web developer, although my academic background focused on the Humanities. Both sides of my experience are remarkably thrilled with this new board book in a series that helps very young children learn some basic coding concepts, and how coding helps in our day-to-day lives. Here, the focus is on playing — video chatting, playing games on a tablet, or rocking in a baby swing.
The board is well-made and bound with sturdy “pages” ready for teething, LOL. The illustrations are utterly charming with a vintage, distressed, and super cute look. The point is to help coding seem accessible, at least someday, and to help children learn that coding is important, worthwhile, and nothing to be anxious about. What a great concept and execution!
My husband and I are web developers and we’ve have both been frustrated by our children’s FUD over learning to code themselves. We’ve tried to explain in simple ways but they still seem to find the overriding concept too obscure to grasp. So we’re both delighted with this charming book! The theme seems to be that coding is part of our daily lives, including in audio playing, performing, and recording.
The text tells a simple story about how code effects the baby girl (multicultural points, too). It all sounds really fun, and the snippets of code are cleverly done and easily convey what code is like in a fresh and inviting way. I’m going to ask my older kids to read it to their younger siblings, to help them all overcome any confusion about coding.
Studies now say that having an analytical versus a conceptual mind is not actually an either-or proposition. I suppose that I’m both “right-brained” and “left-brained,” as needed, like most people. I don’t recall seeing such an elegant combination of both “sides” as this delightful book. It describes how a multicultural baby girl makes art in real, and how similar art is produced by software, with code controlling the same activities.
The illustrations are charming, retro, and fun for all ages. Along the way, the sturdy board book helps young children (and old) learn that code is accessible, nothing to be anxious about, and can be super fun, too. What a welcome book for children today!